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Germany: Arty Weekend in Düsseldorf


Day 1 : Gallery & Street Art Tour

After Berlin, Cologne and the Black Forest,  I’m on my way to Düsseldorf! As always, I’m not fully awake. And I forgot to download the app of b-europe to check in real time my train schedule. I find my buddies in the Brussels-Düsseldorf Thalys! 2h15 of laughter with cool mates (yes, it happens especially when I’m tired, lol!). And here we are at Düsseldorf station, ready to discover the city!

As soon as you arrive, I recommend you to buy the DüsseldorfCard for free public transport and discounts in museums and attractions. 

After a late lunch, we have an appointment with Klaus Rosskothen, the owner of the Pretty Portal Gallery specialized in street art artists. Photos above: on the left, a painting by the Irish artist FinDAC. And on the right, a painting by Kurnachzehn. Guided by Klaus, we discover many Street art works in the district where his gallery is located. End of the tour around 16h30-17h. Awesome overview of a less touristy Düsseldorf!

Polar temperature! Of course Brussels is not the Caribbean either, but all the team had a big shock with the cold here, lol! I go to the hotel to warm up (with a good hot shower) and get ready for dinner, we have an appointment at 18:30. 


Dusseldorf By Night 

Dinner at Küzert

At night everything is more beautiful, starting with this huge wheel (photo above). The team gathered again, I discovered the very lively cool atmosphere of the crowded streets of Altstadt, the old town. At Kurze Straße 18-20 is the Brauerei Kürzer, a traditional brewery on the Rhine, where we will have dinner tonight.

Outside, standing people drink glasses of beer. Ditto indoors where we sit down to eat (photos below). I like the contemporary setting, the mix of generations and genres with hipster waiters and a soundtrack for picky clubbers (with fine and demanding hearing, lol!).

Difficult for us to leave as the place was really cool! About the tasting of the beer produced by this brewery? Er, how can I tell you, I do not drink any beer, oops! But very good I enjoyed the chicken wraps. 


Back To The Hotel

After a long walk, we finally got back to the Hotel Friends Dusseldorf, with an awesome (Instagram) bohemian interior design of the common areas (left picture above and pictures of the photo montage below). It feels like being in Portlandia (the series) …

The + : The photogenic hotel where to have a drink, with music live and DJs sets. Located near the central station of Dusseldorf, 5 to 10 minutes walk or a bit less in tram. Very good breakfast. It feels good and friendly.

The – : the neighborhood is not reassuring at night. I didn’t like the interior design of my room (except the small modern clean bathroom). I think the common areas are the best.

Jour 2: Archi & Contemporary Art

Another Day, Another Weather

We take the new metro to the commercial complex, Kö-Bogen designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind, facing the Hofgarten Park. Great mix of modernity, heritage and nature! I’d have liked to have more time to look at all the details of the building facades and stroll in the park.

And  viisiting the Gerhy buildings… We head by foot to Altstadt, the old town. 


A Small Museum

A Concept

As the small group walks towards the Rheinturm, I stop at the small museum of contemporary art, opened in 2007. I liked the architecture and exhibition spaces of the KIT – Kunst im Tunnel.

Photo above: in the foreground, a composition of Rosa Sarholz. Photo below: the further you go towards the black wall of the bottom, the more the floor tends to reach the ceiling. If we want to continue to move towards the “black board” of Marcel Stahn, we must stoop more and more. I stopped when my head touched the ceiling.

On the photo montage above: photos on the left, the main exhibition hall. Photo on the right (top): a flat screen – table, where hands are exchanging photos and flipping through magazines. An art work of Fabian Ruzicka.

Then we will have a late brunch in Frida, the warm tapas bar with Mexico colors on walls. Cosy atmosphere, nice interior design and impressive salad size!

Have a Nice Weekend Everyone !


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


To make a train reservation: the website of b-europe , or the b-europe appli.

Düsseldorf Tourist Board


Many thanks to b-europe & the Düsseldorf Tourist Board for this lovely invitation. As always, these are

Review: Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition

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If you remember: I had a big crush, it was my “Object of Desire” last November! For few months, I’ve extensively used the superb Acer Aspire v15 Nitro Black Edition. And when I say extensively, it quickly became my inseparable nomadic tool (and more …) every day!

Classy Sober Design

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I am a creative and a visual first, so the first thing that struck me in the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition is its uncluttered design. The object is beautiful to see and lightweight to take..

On the photo montage above: photo 1, first surprise, the outer coating of the 15.6-inch screen, is in a robust striated material that allows a better maintenance

Photos 2 and 3, beautiful metal finishes on the edge. Photo 4, the main features of this notebook which is particularly aimed at gamers. I add a very important detail for me: three USB 3.0 ports.

The Performances 

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I’m not a gamer. But as a photographer and a wannabe videographer, I share with the gamers, the need for a powerful processor, capable of handling heavy software (HD video and photo), while using multiple Internet functions at the same time.

And as with any pro user, my machine has to run fast! Strengths: the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Editions has a high performance processor, the Powerful Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor and the GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics card.

Photo montage above: photo 1, in red my old Asus and in black, my new Acer. Size ratio for the screen, you can easily imagine the change for my eyes! Yet I loved my Asus!

Photos 2 and 3, a screen, what a screen! 15.6 inches with a screen resolution of 1920 by 1080: simply magic for working on photos, movies …! I think the color rendering a little saturated, can be improved. Photo 4, the lightweight charger is really important, because this notebook has a battery life of 2 hours on average. But it recharges very quickly!

New Applications For Me

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Finished the feeling of having Shrek’s fingers (LOL)! I really enjoy the “Backlit keyboard” with a red light, easy to use and with the “normal size” keys according to the instruction booklet (I agree!).                       

I also discovered a new key with 4 rectangles: the Windows key (photo 1 on the photo montage above). It provides a direct access (or exit) to the Windows 8.1 home page (photo 2). Pictured 3: the default application list in Windows 8.1

I haven’t yet customized it, there are too many applications. I don’t use half! I really like Windows 8.1, but I found it a bit intrusive too! Sometimes I have the feeling that everything is already too organized for me in my own space!

By cons, very useful and comprehensive: Acer has developed the Acer BOYC cloud app (photos, music, files and documents) for synchronizing smartphone, tablet and PC. I’m not a big Cloud user, but I’m gradually improving ; )

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Acer is a partner of the blog and these opinions of the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition are absolutely mine, regarding my personal use of this notebook.

J’ai testé l’Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition

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Si vous vous souvenez : j’avais eu un gros coup de foudre et l’avais élu “Objet de désir” en novembre dernier! Depuis plusieurs mois, j’utilise intensivement le superbe Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition. Et lorsque je dis intensivement, c’est vite devenu mon inséparable outil de travail nomade (et plus…) au quotidien!

Design sobre et classieux

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Je suis d’abords une créative et une visuelle, aussi la première chose qui m’a frappée chez l’Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition, est son design très épuré. L’objet est beau à voir et agréable en main car très léger.

Sur le montage photo ci-dessus : photo 1, première surprise, le revêtement extérieur de l’écran 15.6 pouces, est dans un matériau strié et plus robuste qui permet un meilleur entretien.

Photos 2 et 3, finitions en métal sur la tranche. Photo 4. Les principales caractéristiques de ce notebook qui s’adresse plus particulièrement aux gamers. J’ajoute un détail extrêmement important pour moi : trois ports USB 3.0. 

Les performances 

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Je ne suis pas une gamer. Mais en tant que photographe-aspirante vidéaste,  je partage avec les joueurs, le besoin d’un processeur puissant, capable d’accueillir des logiciels lourds (vidéo et photo HD), tout en utilisant plusieurs fonctions Internet au même moment.

Et comme pour tout utilisateur intensif, ma machine doit tourner vite! Points forts : l’Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Editions dispose d’un processeur très performant, l’Intel Core i7-4710HQ et d’une carte graphique 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M.

Montage photo ci-dessus : photo 1,  en rouge oranger mon ancien Asus et en noir, mon nouvel Acer. Rapport de taille pour l’écran, je ne vous explique pas le confort pour mes yeux! Et pourtant j’ai beaucoup aimé mon Asus!

Photos 2 et 3, un écran, quel écran : 15.6 pouces avec une résolution écran de 1920 par 1080, magique pour les photos, les films… ! Je pense que le rendu des couleurs un peu saturé, peut être améliorer. Photo 4, le chargeur, assez léger et surtout essentiel, car ce notebook a une autonomie de 2h en moyenne. Mais il se recharge très vite!

Des fonctionalités inédites pour moi

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Enfin, je n’ai l’impression d’avoir des mains d’ogresse (LOL)! Un plaisir d’utiliser le clavier, avec le “Backlit keyboard” qui éclaire d’une lumière rouge, les interstices entre les agréables touches (de “dimension normale” dixit la notice, je valide!).

J’ai aussi découvert une nouvelle touche comprenant 4 rectangles : la touche Windows (photo 1 du montage photo ci-dessus). Elle permet d’accéder (ou quitter) directement à la page d’acceuil Windows 8.1. (photo 2). Sur la photo 3 : la liste des applications par défaut dans Windows 8.1.

Je ne l’ai pas toujours pas configurée tant il y a d’applications. Je n’en utilise pas la moitié! Si de manière générale j’apprécie vraiment Windows 8.1, dans sa volonté de nous rendre plus convivial son utilisation, je le trouve un peu intrusif.

Par contre Acer a développé l’Acer BOYC, des appli Cloud très utiles et complètes (photos, musique, fichiers et documents) qui permettent de synchroniser smartphone, tablette et PC. Je ne suis pas une grand pro du Cloud, mais je l’utilise de plus en plus.

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Cette revue sur l’Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition exprime mon avis et uniquement mon avis personnel, par rapport à l’utilisation que je fais de ce notebook. Acer est partenaire du blog et n’intervient pas dans mon avis sur ses produits.