i’ve realized that i love the normandy skies because i actually had a chance to appreciate it – being always on a train or on foot.
in texas, we have our own gorgeous skies too. however, i’m always driving, and staring at skies + driving is not a very safe combination.
[jump to the future] but there is one thing i do in texas that allows me to watch the sky: jogging in the park. with an iphone, which has actually made me spend less time at the computer. but just look at the differences in the sky! it’s just as breathtaking even with all its differences.
anyway! let’s time travel back to a friday afternoon in march. to a park bench in paris, with a chausson aux pommes [from du pain et des idées], killing time before you have to catch a bus to antwerp.
you arrive around midnight, head straight to your host, chat, and crash. you don’t really see anything because, well, it’s night and you’re tired. next morning…
ah, natural light. and now you can finally take a look at antwerp. starting off with one of the best decorated apartments you’ve seen in a while. full of just random details that work together. like circles of feathers. old binoculars. an amazing cd collection. pink string room dividers. writing on the wall. old doorknobs. and one cool kitty.
and out of the apartment, into the city!
these little surprises make your walk enjoyable because you love searching for those small things that tend to get ignored. and you love how the people make use of their space – a perfect parking and display spot for a bicycle.
and one thing only.
hints of spring are showing up. but it’s still too cold for you.
cold it may be, but cloudy it isn’t! the sun is out in full force and you take full advantage of using it while playing with some windows in the Plantin-Moretus museum.
Plantin-Moretus? what kind of museum is that? why are you there?
and this is why you prefer non-famous pieces of art and not-so-well-known museums. because normally, the more renowned it is, the more likely that it has been moved. but when nobody cares about it, it tends to stay right where it came from.
and libraries! the owners felt that in a library, one needed to be in the presence of grand authors. so that explains the busts – they are much more than decoration, they’re there to help you when you’re in the middle of reading one of their works.
can you imagine, reading les miserables, and as you pause and look up to take a break, bam, there is mr. hugo himself! perhaps you’ll start printing out images from googles of famous authors since you aren’t about to start a bust collection… not to mention you don’t even have a personal library. yet.
obligatory french fries. you just don’t go to belgium and not eat fries. *though secretly you still haven’t tasted any fries in europe that are better than the ones in texas. even though they originated in europe, it really is america where they were perfected…
stomach feels not-so-well later. but it’s okay, because you’re in europe! and that cancels out everything.