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Staycation @ The JAM Hotel

Hi Brussels!

Staycation @ The JAM Hotel

This summer, I spent a weekend in the trendiest hotel in Brussels with a friend. I heard so much about the famous terrace. And I was very curious about the interior design, rooms, comfort etc … A former art school transformed into a hotel …

So during the summer in Brussels deserted, I tested this hotspot by myself! 

  

The Room

We let our bags in the lovely simple room with two beds. One is quite unusual and serves (I guess) as an extra bed in a sort of storage (photo montage above). Clever fun design. 

Special mention for the beautiful wall shelf (left picture). The light wood contrasts with the raw concrete and small retro fan. 

The weather is very hot. Yes, (sometimes) it happens in Brussels! The small minimalist bathroom reminds me of some of my Pinterest pins

The Terrace

What a pleasure to discover the terrace with a little corner of greenery and the outdoor pool! We will swim the next morning after the breakfast with the swimming pool and terrace just for us.

Wow, bathing (in the shelter of the glances) in the center of Brussels with a direct view on offices! Being at the heart of urban activity without taking part! This boutique hotel has a really cool concept, architecture, decoration and location.

At The Beginning Of The Evening

The Bar

The staff at the bar is very nice. Slowly, there are more and more people and no more sits on the terrace. No problem as the huge sofa inside is extremely comfortable! With a direct view on the concrete cylinders library! Great! 

Very cool atmosphere and music, we could stay hours and hours. But we have to go dinner Place du Châtelain, because the hotel restaurant is closed. So we have no time to change clothes, we’re already super late (lol)!

Good Night!

Back to the hotel late, it’s the perfect timing for a quick photoshoot of the reception (picture above) and lobby inspired by the Russian Constructivism (picture below). 

The Breakfast

After A Short Night Of Sleep

We chatted until early morning! Then the wake-up was pretty difficult (considering I am not a morning person)! Very good breakfast followed by a long swim in the pool only for us! I laughed a lot when my friend yelled while getting in the water. She is not used to cold water!

Then we go to BOZAR, my Brussels favorite museum (go there!) for the “Yves Klein Theater of the Void” exhibition about the creative process of the artist! Awesome! Photo below : postcards of the exhibition. This museum has always an interesting program.

The interest of being in a hotel close to everything!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Many thanks to the JAM HOTEL for this lovely stay and to Joséphine and karine! As always, these are my opinions.

Staycation au JAM Hotel

Hello Bruxelles!

Staycation au JAM

Cet été, j’ai passé un week-end dans l’hôtel le plus tendance de Bruxelles avec une amie. J’avais tellement entendu parlé de la fameuse terrasse! J’étais très curieuse de la déco indus, des chambres, confort etc… Une ancienne école d’art transformée en hôtel…

Bref, lors d’un court break très sympa dans un Bruxelles estival déserté : j’ai testé par moi-même!  

  

La chambre

Nous déposons nos sacs dans la chambre simple mais très agréable, avec plusieurs couchages dont un, assez insolite qui fait office de lit “capsule” d’enfant (ou d’adulte d’ailleurs) en hauteur dans une sorte de rangement (montage photo ci-dessus). Ingénieux.

Mention spéciale pour la belle étagère murale “biscornue” (photo de gauche), le bois clair qui tranche avec le béton brut et le petit ventilateur rétro. 

Car il fait très chaud. Oui, ça arrive à Bruxelles! Même simplicité et confort dans la petite salle de bain minimaliste qui me rappelle certains de mes pins dans Pinterest. 

La terrasse

Quel plaisir en découvrant la terrasse, avec un coin petit de verdure et la piscine extérieure tout en longueur! Nous nous baignerons le lendemain matin, après le petit déjeuner. Piscine et terrasse rien que pour nous : eau très froide et choc thermique (lololol!). 

Se baigner (à l’abris des regards) en plein Bruxelles, avec vue sur des bureaux : c’est top! Etre au coeur de l’activité urbaine, sans y participer! Ce boutique hôtel est très bien pensé : concept, aménagement, architecture, décoration et gros point fort, localisation. 

En début de soirée

Le bar

L’équipe du (mini) bar est très chouette. Peu à peu, l’endroit se remplit et il n’y a plus de place en terrasse. Ce n’est pas un problème tant l’immense canapé à l’intérieur est confortable. Avec vue directe sur les cylindres-bibliothèque en béton! Excellent!

Ambiance et musique très cool. Honnêtement je devais me changer pour aller au restaurant Place du Châtelain (car le restaurant de l’hôtel était fermé) : j’ai complètement zappé! C’est à regret que nous sommes parties manger (super tard)!

Bonne nuit!

Nous rentrons à l’hôtel tard. Timing impec pour quelques clichés rapides de la réception (photo ci-dessus) et le hall d’entrée (photo ci-dessous, très Constructivisme russe).

Le petit déjeuner

Après une courte nuit de sommeil

Nous avons discuté jusqu’à pas d’heure, réveil carrément difficile pour moi (qui ne suis – résolument – pas du matin)! Mais programme de la journée super chargé! Très bon petit déjeuner, suivi d’une longue baignade dans la piscine rien que pour nous! J’ai trop ri quand ma pote s’est mise à l’eau tant elle n’a pas l’habitude du froid!

Puis nous filons à BOZAR, mon musée préféré de Bruxelles (pointu et top, allez-y!), pour l’exposition “Yves Klein Theatre of the Void”, sur le processus créatif (démarche et techniques) de l’artiste (: passionnant! Photo ci-dessous des cartes postales de l’expo). Même si l’expo est depuis terminé, ce musée a toujours une programmation intéressante.

L’intérêt d’être dans un hôtel près de tout!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Un grand merci au JAM Hotel pour ce très agréable séjour. Un grand merci aussi à BOZAR et, Joséphine et Karine! Comme toujours, ce sont mes opinions.

Azores: São Miguel Island

From Ponta Delgada To Furnas

Chá Gorreana

Yesterday I was in the small island (and gem) Santa Maria. Today, we discover the largest island of the Azores archipelago São Miguel with an area of 744.7 km ². Same team and awakening to dawns! We drive to the tea plantations.

After the tea of the Seychelles, the one of the Azores! So we visit of the Chá Gorreana family factory which produces organic tea. In the photos above and videos below: some key steps in the manufacture of tea (from leaf to tea bag). 

 

 

If you have trouble watching the videos, refresh the page and move the cursor a bit forwad on the timeline. And if it doesn’t work, do not hesitate to leave me a comment.. 

 

 

Next: Furnas

Poça da Dona Beija

Arriving at Furnas, we head towards the Poça da Dona Beija thermal baths with ferruginous spring water (photos above). I really enjoy the setting: the garden at the entrance of the complex reminded me of Kyoto. I guess I miss Japan.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to test the water’s benefits. Our timing is tight. We are on our way to the geysers in another area of Furnas (picture below). 

Caldeiras Termas

A lunar landscape with boiling water wells and smoke. It’s fascinating and mostly because these geysers are so close to homes (photos and videos below).

 

 

At Furnas Lake

End Of Cooking The Lunch

A short drive to Furnas Lake to attend the last step of cooking the Cozido das Furnas, a traditional dish cooked in the earth (quite similar to the French Pot au feu). The attraction is very touristy, but it is not annoying as the landscape around is beautiful!

Each restaurant has a dedicated “oven” (a deep hole in the earth), where the meal has cooked for several hours. A reduced team of men digs up to take the dish out of the earth. Then loaded in a van trunk, it will be delivered to the corresponding restaurant. For us: the restaurant of the Terra Nostra Garden Hotel. 

  

 

The Terra Nostra Garden Hotel

A Smart Art Deco Hotel

We have lunch at the cosy Terra Nostra Garden Restaurant. The art Deco interior evokes the felted world of Hercule Poirot (the super star detective of Agatha Christie)!

Our main dish, the Cozido das Furnas is made up of different meats and vegetables cooked “à l’étouffée” (sort of a steamed stew). I defenitly like the local bread, its texture is close to the pancake, so delicious!

Then a long walk in the Terra Nostra Botanical Park with the huge 35-40 ° ferruginous thermal pool and superb gardens with over 2000 species of trees and a magnificent collection of camellias (video and photos below ). Yes, I love camellias! 

 

Before Leaving Furnas

A coffee at the Furnas Boutique Hotel (pictures below), decorated by Nini Andrade Silva (yes again!). In my article about Ponta Delgada, you can see her interior design for the Azor Hotel. 

Third photo below (and video): the wide swimming pool of the Pedras Do Mar Resort & Spa where we tasted some Gins of the Azores in late afternoon! More original than an umpteenth cocktail! And nice minimalist contemporary interior design.

  

 

Dinner At The Caloura Bar In Lagoa

  

In A Small Creek

Close to fishing boats, we dinner at the Caloura Bar in a friendly genuine atmosphere. The grilled fish is really fresh and tasty!

The Next Day

Before The Plane

Already our last morning in the Azores! Early departure to the Ponta Delgada market where I buy cheeses to offer (the “scent” in the suitcase, lololol!). Then we arrive at the soothing Lake Fogo, located in a nature reserve (photos and latest video below).

And we are lucky, nobody’s on the site! Short walk to one of the peaks around the lake. I am super happy (I need to exercise). But quickly, we have to go down and to rush to the airport! We’re almost late! 

 

  

 

Bye Bye Awesome Azores!

Sete Cidades  

A last view of the Green and Blue Lakes, which according to legend have been formed by the tears of a pastor and a princess having a forbidden love.

Question (from a former student in Anthropology): why are lakes and waterfalls often the results of forbidden love in different cultures? If you have any explanation, you’re welcome to leave a comment below! 

At midday, the Ponta Delgada airport. Next stop : Cascais via Lisbon … and I hope an ice cream at Santini!

 

Photos & vidéos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.

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Many thanks to Visit Azores, Visit Portugal and TAP for this superb invitation. As always, these are my opinions.