A few of my favorite quotes from speakers at The Hive, the European blog conference, that I attended last weekend. As twitter was buzzing, I also added some interesting tweets, that spoke to me.
My overall highlights of the weekend in Berlin were the more personal conversations that I had with blogfriends, old and new. Sharing ideas & experiences with so many different people is empowering, inspiring and so much fun. Merci!
Quotes from: sisterMAG - Katrina Tan Conte - Tina Fussell - Marlous Snijder - Desiree Groenendal - Anne Ditmeyer
kilometers of handsewn orange+pink beehive garlands by Lauren Lou Bate /// photo of Betahaus staircase by The Hive /// handwritten words by me
Street Food Thursday in Berlin
I wish I were in Berlin tonight so that I could visit Street Food Thursday at Markthalle9 in Kreuzberg again. On my first night in Berlin last week I walked there from my apartment and really really enjoyed it. The relaxed athmosphere, the friendly vendors, the good looking food booths, but above all: the delicious food!
Every Thursday night, young chefs & food enthusiastics propose a large variety of eclectic food from around the globe. In the markethall, built in 1891, you can try anything from smoked bbq, gluten-free bakings, Korean kimchi, English pies, Spanish tapas, Mexican tostadas, fish tacos, cheese platters, Vietnamese Bánh mì to French crêpes with cidre... I had some delicious vegan springrolls, a fresh Thai salad and a mango lassi and bumped into my blogfriend Eleanor from e.m.papers who also loved it here. Fun!
The food was so good that I ate everything before taking any pictures. Hmmm!
Make sure to arrive with an empty stomach, bring some friends and try as much as you and your appetite will like. There are over 20 food booths, so it's rather difficult to choose...
For dessert I had a frozen yogurt (of course!) from Mr Whippy... although the Philly cheesecakes by Five Elephant looked very tempting too...
Street Food Thursday /// Markthalle9 /// Eisenbahnstraße 42 /// Berlin Kreuzberg
Every Thursday: 5PM - 10PM
I'm still on a high from my trip to Berlin. I met so many wonderful people and saw so many amazing things that I'm a bit overwhelmed. Probably I'll need a few days to get back into the groove!
Flying from Paris to Berlin looked so different from above than flying from Paris to Stockholm:
Yesterday I flew from here...
Very happy to be back home! But I haven't quite landed yet ;o)
Vive la Différence
Hope you had a great weekend? Mine included lots of laughter, rain, German cupcakes, 6 different languages, too many LemonAids and meeting so many nice people in Berlin. All very very different, I loved that!
Speaking about different: Tina from Colourliving, who sadly couldn't make it to The Hive due to chaos at Heathrow, invited me to take part in her Vive la Différence series. So hop over to Colourliving to see what we created!
Today is also a very special day for me because 15 years ago I first met my husband! We won't be celebrating because I'm still in Berlin and he's in France, but it's a good excuse to have a frozen yogurt later today, don't you think?
I'm in Berlin!
While you are reading this I'm in Berlin, Germany! I'm exploring the city and this weekend I'll be attending The Hive - the European blog conference. I was there last year as well and can't wait to catch up with many fellow bloggers & friends. If you're at the Betahaus too: I'm wearing my pink glasses, come and say hi! ;o) And if not: I hope you'll check back next week as I'll share some highlights of my stay here. Liebe Grüße aus Berlin!
I've been in Berlin before, if you like you can read more about it here and here and here!
Earlier this week I showed you the result of my little spring project: our submarine yellow door. A fresh new color on the door requires new "art". So I replaced the pale blue prints of our staircase by something new. I found several vintage x-ray scans that have the same color as the staircase (<- video):
I like it that the dark colors reflect the view. It would be even cooler if the x-rays would be backlighted, but a simple white piece of paper is just enough to distinguish the patterns. Simple & effective, right?
The Typography of Travel 18
Beautiful typography spotted on some of my travels:
Ecole Saint Joseph (school) - Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France
Mariapaviljoen (restaurant) - 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Grocery store Tetrel - Paris, France
Het Rooie Leeuwke - Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Picasso (restaurant) - 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Café Bar - San Francisco, Galicia, Spain
► To see all previous editions of The Typography of Travel, click here. Also, if you'd like to contribute beautiful type from your travels to this series, drop me a line!
The name of the paint that I won on Iris' blog C-more makes me want to sing: ♪ Yellow Submarine! It's such a bold and vibrant color: perfect for a little spring project since the weather is so cold and grey. The door of our apartment had this weird lilac blueish color. I don't even remember where the paint came from:
By experience (our home has more than 30 doors) I know that painting a door takes more time than you'd think. Especially when you have paint that deserves to be applied perfectly well: like this beautiful satin finish Colora paint. So I started by sanding and priming like a PRO:
1 sanding /// 2 blue dust /// 3 priming /// 4 more priming
And then it was time to open the can:
Look at that color!
After 3 layers of yellow submarine paint, voilà: the final result! Merci Colora and Iris!
Now all I want to do is paint the other doors of our home in funky colors too! What about rainbow doors? Or ombre doors?
Finally I moved my beloved plant collection from their winter storage to the greenhouse! It's my private jungle with palm trees, cactus plants, succulents and agaves. Most of them were cuttings or seeds that I brought home from travels to Portugal, Corsica, Spain and the South of France. Nothing serious but I just really love taking care of it all.
It's still a mystery whether my favorite cactus plant did survive the winter. It's one of the only plants planted in the soil of the greenhouse and has an adventurous lifestyle of growing fast, tall and with his "arms" open wide:
The other cactus plants are obviously very happy this year:
And I'm growing a few veggies here as well, that will go outside soon:
The only thing missing is some more sun! Have a great weekend!
Second picture by Adrian Briscoe
Brabant Service Station
Not far from where I grew up and the nearest bigger city you can find one of the oldest petrol stations of the Netherlands: Brabant Service Station. When the entire area was restructured, the classic building from 1933 faced demolition. But somehow the city council "splurged" 800K€ on moving the gas station 55 meters from its original spot and the building was saved.
I only knew this architectural gem as a gloomy hangout covered in graffiti, but I'm pleasantly surprised to see that it looks so good today!
You can even have a look inside, as Maxx Floors set up their new showroom here. Apparently the interior features some beautiful art-deco details...
Buttercups & Pillows
After a tsunami of dandelions, we currently have a garden full of glossy buttercups.
I picked a few flowers for our living room... in the domoor they look pretty good!
The petals didn't drop by themselves...
Ehmmm... who's fond of buttercups?
(for the record: Wally also loves pillows and cardboard boxes)
Matisse cutting into color
Situated along the highway between our home in France and our family in Holland, is this lovely museum: the Musée Départemental Matisse. Both my husband and I are big afficionados of the work of Henri Matisse. Many years ago we visited his home in Nice (turned into a wonderful museum) as well as the famous Rosaire chapel in Vence, South of France. But, as Matisse was born in the North of France, we are lucky to be able to pop by the Matisse Museum in Le Cateau-Cambrésis every once in a while.
We went there last week and it was (again) such a breath of fresh air. The current exhibition shows Matisse's paper cut-outs that were not used in his finished works. I love the "perfect" proportions of these shapes in gouached paper and the book covers on show were also really awesome. Seeing Matisse's work always moves me: it has this rare quality and sensitive handwriting that really speaks to me. It's hard to capture it in words or photos: you should really see & feel for yourself :o)
Unfortunately no photography allowed at the exhibition (as opposed to the permanent collection) but these few phone pics will give you a little preview of what's there to see.
So next time you'll drive from Amsterdam to Paris or vice versa, make sure to stop by the Musée Matisse. It's worth it!
Musée Matisse /// Palais Fénelon /// 59360 Le Cateau-Cambrésis /// +33 (0)3 59 73 38 03
Open every day except Tuesday: 10AM - 6PM
Weekend inspiration #4
Pas de pub / No publicity
2 Popcorn Girls
Maybe I'm starting this tradition of bending the rules: last month for the first #2flowergirls tag I used daffodils in stead of ranunculus. And today I'm showing you the requested flowers, hydrangeas, but I didn't photograph them at home. Actually I didn't find fresh cut hortensias near my place and even in Paris they only came in shrubs.
However I really like this popcorn hortensia I spotted at the Flowermarket on l'Île de la Cité in Paris. The name and original shape almost make me want to eat them... with a nice friday night movie ;o) Happy Weekend!
The Typography of Travel 17
Beautiful typography spotted on some of my travels:
Le Rex Club - Paris, France
De Boshoek (private home) - Vught, The Netherlands
Les Bains des Docks (aquatic center) - Le Havre, France
Polkagriskokeri (candy factory) - Gränna, Sweden
Kusine Bodil (toy store) - Copenhagen, Denmark
Het Rood Hekken (bakery) - Den Bosch, The Netherlands
To see more travel typography: part 1 and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6 and part 7 and part 8 and part 9 and part 10 and part 11 and part 12 and part 13 and part 14 and part 15 and part 16!
Spending a long weekend in Holland with family and friends was really nice (and sounds like such a cliché, but it's true!). I also spent some time at the hospital... or better: at the recently opened restaurant Mariapaviljoen in the old sanatorium in Den Bosch.
Around the corner of where we used to live, you can now have eten+drinken (food+drinks) in this new old place designed by Studio Boot. Over 40 years ago my aunt was treated in one of these hospital rooms, but today the staff of Mariapaviljoen takes very good care of its "patients" too.
The modern interior contains a large collection of vintage medical equipment, skeletons, canvas emergency stretchers, folding screens, anatomy posters, and also this IXXI flamingo poster:
Hmmm always coca cola...
Spacious & bright makes you feel better:
With places like Eetbar Dit, Dit Ook and the new Mariapaviljoen, Den Bosch (in the south of the Netherlands) is so much hipper than the city that I used to know. A nice surprise! And an extra bonus: drinks and food are affordable: I payed about 2 euros for my diet coke, in stead of the regular 4 or even 5 here in Paris...
Mariapaviljoen /// Burgemeester Loeffplein 70 /// 5211RX Den Bosch /// +31 (0)73 303 1500
Open every Thursday through Sunday: 11AM - :o)
Casual Friday Sun
The nice spring weather adds two perks to our cinema room. First, it creates beautiful shadow patterns everywhere:
And second: the sun encourages our little mandarin tree to bloom. The blossom makes the entire room smell amazing!
I wrote about our cinema room before: here and here. Have a happy & sunny weekend!
Melons in the making
For the first time ever I'm growing melons this year! My sister sent me watermelon and honeydew seeds with her latest sistermail and now I can't wait to make these frozen honeydews again with my own homegrown melons...
My vegetable garden is really tiny, so I'm not sure how I'll manage. But so far, the seedlings are really small ;o)
Do you hear them screaming? Feed me, feed me:
I love the cute little water drops on the strawberry seedlings:
What are you growing this season? Any tips & tricks for growing melons?
My sister decided to start sending me more snail mail. She told me I should write about it on my blog. So I will! Always listen to your little sister!
I laughed really hard when I received this card. These two weirdos holding sausages are called Theo and Thea. They were hilarious & famous in Holland in the 80s and had 2 big fake teeth (hence the cut-out teeth on this card). With the card came a few packages of melon seeds. My current vegetable garden is too small to house big melon plants, so I'm making plans to extend it... but for now the seedlings are tiny and cute. I'll show you tomorrow!
A while ago I bought these awesome stamps at La Poste for my snail mail. They feature French proverbs referring to animals. I need to buy more of them because I like the so much better than our Marianne.
Kaleido tray by HAY
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