Archive | October, 2010

7th stop : ?? : )

25 Oct

And a little pop quiz to get the monday rolling! For those still feeling like Sunday, I’ve made this an easy one ; )

Claim in the comment field, and receive absolutely horrible 1st, 2nd and 3rd prices. Guaranteed.

Next stop ?

: )

For more on Peter, Bjorn og John

// Ida

6th stop : Eindhoven!

24 Oct

A two-hour train ride from Antwerpen, and you have : Eindhoven.

A city with approx 500.000 inhabitants. Mostly know for the PSV football team, but luckily also known for something a bit further up my alley : Dutch Design Week. 2 days here are nowhere near enough, but I think I’ve got a pretty good impression of the design week and a lot of inspiration as well! AND on top of that, I also got the experience of being stuck on the roof of a 9 floor building, because I got to nosy, wandered off and did not see the missing handle on the door until it was too late.

So if you wonder, how I got this nice close up of the big Phillips clock on the Klokgebouw tower? Then that’s why ; )

 

The Piet Hein Eek building in Eindhoven really blew my mind. Almost all the old warehouse buildings in the area has been torn down, but one is still there and it has been restored and today it holds offices, workspaces, shops and restaurants.

 

Same same, but different.

The building had such an interesting feel to it, and off course during DDW it is packed with all kinds of  lovely things, so there was hours of entertainment for me!

 

Jeiks! No wonder kids can’t fall a sleep !

 

I was especially thrilled to see a room with all kinds of old decoration-thingies, lamps, big facade letters, full size wooden soldier figures, dying blue gorillas, Chinese faces in glass cubes … You know. Normal stuff ; )

Here’s a little taste of what Sunday the 24th of October 2010 felt like, in and around Eindhoven. I hope you’ll enjoy the pictures – and the nice Jamie xx remix of the Glasser song : Tremel.

// Ida

Antwerpen

24 Oct

People in Denmark generally have the impression that Belgium is a boring country … It’s probably because of all the politicians. Danes aren’t huge fans of politics. But anyways. I always thought that the country HAD to be interesting, because a lot of really good music come from Belgium.

So I decided to stop by the city of Antwerpen. It wasn’t boring at all! In fact it was perfectly cosy and had a ton of great (and really diverse) bars to enjoy the lovely Belgian beer : ) Here’s some pictures from Antwerpen.

Nice detail from the old buildings along the river.

I’m never gonna have enough of these.

Hmm … Is that really a bus you wanna get on ?

Statue showing the tale of the two drunk men and the giant called Long John.
He seems to be a bit focused on his lower parts, this John …

And then – Off to Austria!

Plastic Lassie never ever leaves home.

Hej ho, hej ho …

Oh no … This could very well be the saddest thing in the entire universe. Ha ha.

Antwerpen seen from the other side of the river. In the woods where the left bank strangler lures …
Or, supposedly he did lure at some point many years ago.


More lovely colours from along the river.

//Ida

Travel light? … not so especially much.

23 Oct

I must be the worst backpacker in the world.

I actually did some really nice pre-packing from home, but I seem to get some new stuff all the time, and darn it I don’t know where to put ’em!

CD’s, books, postcards, maps, more books, more CD’s and ehm … quite a deal of clothes as well. This is OF COURSE because it is actually a lot colder, that I thought!

Anyways. I all ready shipped home some stuff from London. 5 kilo of stuff actually! I have a friend who lived in London once, and she said that shipping to Denmark was actually quite cheap, so I thought “Oh, well it’s probably around 10-15 GB pounds or so. I’ll be fine”.

52 GBP !!!

Ha ha … that’s almost worth more, than the things in the package in it self! : )

And here I am again. In Antwerpen. All ready sensing that getting all my things inside the backpack is gonna be just as easy as climbing Mount Everest with two broken legs.

BUT as you can tell – I HAD to buy these things.

LOVELY piece of plasticky table-cloth.

It’s gonna be a good year.

And the mushroom-must-have-book-holder.

Love it.

 

Oh, and Antwerpen itself seems like a really nice city!
Tell you all about it, in the next post : )

// Ida

5th stop Antwerpen!

23 Oct

I have never been to Belgium before, so I was quite excited to visit Antwerpen. Took the train from Paris and got 1st class tickets at 2nd class prices. So whereas I arrived to Paris still quite itchy and disgusted from the nasty London hotel – I left Paris in style …

Big, soft, red seats. Load of space. Free lunch, free drink AND free wi-fi.

Apparently shiny ceilings are really important, when you’re travelling on 1st class.

Extremely shiny ceilings!

And after only 2 hours – Antwerpen central station.

Beautiful old building.

 

Take it slow …
On the train from Paris to Antwerpen, I realised why it is, that I love travelling by train so much. I really enjoy the movement and the thoroughness of a train ride.  You get to see the landscape, the houses, the animals, the dumps and you actually get to see the people who live in the country – and not just the big overview from the airplane. I feels way more present to me.

But I realised that art also has a lot to do with it my love of trains. The surroundings of airports are always insanely boring, where as the areas surrounding central stations have always been compelling to be. Art, graffiti, life, movement, pulse and usually quite a deal of offbeat characters as well …

So if you have the time. Please, relax and take the train ; )

Welcome to Antwerpen.

 

// Ida

Paris in Pics

23 Oct

I loooove Paris. Really. This was my 4th visit there, and every time I get to see more and more of the city. The weather was perfect, the hostel was … ehm … okay.

Here are some pictures for you to see.

Nice little bird singing on Palais de Tokyo.

Dangerous wolf at Quai de Valmy.

Eeeeeevery freaking where you go …

Padlock attack on Pont des Arts.

Pont de l’Alma. Nice Space invader piece

And Michael Jackson in Duck tape. Palais de Tokyo.

Nice pieces of work outside the Père Lachaise cemetery.

No visit in Paris with out a strike going on. View from the Père Lachaise cemetery.

Lovely trashed out building in Montmartre.

Love the colors in these.

Shop in Belleville. Stubborn French people? ; )

Neon fail. Boulevard de Clichy.

Say what? on Pont de l’Alma

Ewww. Scary … 1:1 facemask on wall in Montmartre.


Nice mosaic in Montmartre.
Bye Bye Kitty ?

Dinner at local restaurant. Tacky ? Nooooo …. ; )

Definitely the real one!

Uh uh uh! Skinny legs skinny legs skinny legs!!

Somewhere around Palais de Tokyo. Preeeeeeety.

The hidden guards of the Seine River.

 

The @ doors.


Close up on the Seine river.

Straight outta the boring hairstyle convention …

Einstein meets Mr. Brainwash. Rue la Fayette.

Another nice space invader, Rue la Fayette.


And no, you can’t bring your strange goat looking pointy-legged dog!
But what if it carries the leash itself?
No.

// Ida

4th stop : Paris

20 Oct

Awwwwww how I love this city! Don’t know what it is, but it just feels so good coming to Paris.

On second thoughts it might be because of the fact that I got away alive (and with no visual diseases) from that insanely nasty hotel in London ; )

Took the TGV train under the canal from London to Paris. 2 hours and 20 minutes and you roll into Gard du Nord. Brilliant!

Did a lot of lovely and memorable things in Paris and met some really nice people, but the first thing I’d like to share is the experience of Père Lachaise. A really big cemetery in eastern Paris. Soooo nice! And strangely enough – actually really inspiring! Took a ton of pictures, so here’s a little movie with some of them.

Enjoy.

//Ida

What not to do in London

17 Oct

Even the sweatest of servants and the nicest of receptionist can’t make up for sticky showers, old water damaged buildings, moist, muld and showering with your ancles in 5 cm of water. Which is sad, because the staff was so helpfull and smiling. But no … this really didn’t work for me.

Ladies and Gentlemen : Welcome to the Northumberland Kings Cross Hotel.

: )

 

 

// Ida


London baby

17 Oct

 

London was actually a bit of a strange experience.
The main point of me going there, was to meet up with two small companies, that I have been admiring for years because of their nice creative work.

So I wrote them a couple of months ago, asking them if we could meet if I come to London. Both of them said yes, and that they would like to answer all my questions, and that we should arrange in details when we got closer to the exact dates … you can probably already tell where this is heading. None of the appointments happened, despite my quite eager e-mailing in the weeks before my London visit. Really frustrating, but well – I guess people are just busy …

BUT this meant, that I had to come up with new plans for London, so more or less volunteerly, I decided to visit some of the touristy places that I skipped on my prior trips to London. And luckily the weather was of the perfect autum-sunny-not-to-cold kind.

Here’s some pictures.


My new best friend.

My new best friend. Part II.

Tower Bridge. Lovely colours!

Why is it that those signs always makes you really wanna get in there ?

Detail from Tower Bridge.

I would say … ehm … yes.

London Eye seen from the river side.

Always good to know. Info point at Borough Market.

Big Ben.

And opposite Big Ben.

The Angel at Buckingham Palace.

Really nicely detailed mural in Brick Lane Market.

Amazing.


Perfect breakfast from the local PRET.
This is in my hotel room btw. Nice huh? More pictures later on …


Beautiful sun in Green Park!

Hummingbird on Tottenham Court Road underground stop.

Tottenham Court Road. Really nice mosaic.

Amazing piece of carved/cuttet art a bit out side Brick Lane Market.

All details were carved into the wood, creating some amazing shadows and 3D effects.


So many details! Must have taken days and weeks for this. Wauw!
Anybody knows who did this?

Hyde Park. Where Grand Dad’s go to skate … ?

Hyde Park.
Taking pictures of people who are taking pictures of people.

Buckle up for Halloween !!


He just says it all. Love it.

Autumn trees alongside the river Themes.

Nice garden opposite Buckingham Palace.


And finally :
The man who lost his sole.

// Ida

Goodbye Guinness!

16 Oct

So being this huge geek for trains, I had to take the sail’n’rail from Dublin to London.
Imagine, for only 44€ you get 6 hours of travelling, loads of waves, beautiful landscapes, old English villages, quite a few trailer parks and tons of sheep! Yai!

Take this way if you’re ever there, and have the time. It’s really nice.

 

 

 

 

 


And the man in sky says hi.

 

//Ida

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