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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

Brussels: Costermans by Gérald Watelet

Crazy rythm between Paris-Brussels and Antwerp. 

Last friday I jumped in the Thalys (express train between Paris and Brussels) and guess who was sat next to me : Christian Lacroix himself! Wow… 

Then I rush to the Grand Sablon, for the Costermans by Gérald Watelet‘s press presentation. For the second consecutive year, Gérald Watelet, the Belgian former couturier puts on the costume of an assemblier” (a shopfitter) to collaborate with Costermans, the famous antique dealer. I’m late. Damned!

Gérald doesn’t remember our interview in the backstage of the TV program Sans Chichi, where he is playing a chef! He’s also a fantastic cooker. Here a quick sample of rooms decorated by Gérald Watelet, with the furniture mocked by Arnaud Jaspar-Costermans

It’s open to the public for free. Picture above : the “wallpaper” that’s not a wallpaper, is an unique composition directly drawn on the walls by Julien Colombier, a French young artist who has already worked for Chanel.

Picture 2 : Gérald Watelet in the “70’s-80’s” room. Pictures 3 & 4 : the room with the great exotic wallpaper, next to the big window transformed in a lush conservatory. Awsome! Picture 5 : Arnaud Jaspar-Costermans.

Costermans : Grand Sablon 5,  1000 Brussels, Belgium, T. 02 512 21 33, www.costermans-antiques.com  

Related posts : 

Brussels, Belgium: meeting Eric Monami and his “Sans Chichis” team  

Maison & Objet, Paris Fair: The Café ELLE Déco & The Restaurant Frères Mariage 


El Greco, the painter: the last day of the BOZAR exhibition, in Brussels

Oups! Back after 18 days, sorry guys!  So if you are in Brussels and don’t have any idea for this boring grey sunday:  go-run-fly to the museum BOZAR. It’s the last day of this great exhibition about Domenikos Theotokopoulos, El Greco, one of the founders of the Spanish School of painting and master of Mannerism. Believe me, even a fan of Contemporary art like me really enjoyed this exhibition! I visted it with a guide (usually I can’t stand it, but I recommend it for El Greco) and I’ve loved some paintings. A bit of sacred art to feed soul. Today the exhibition will be opened till 9 p.m. You ask for more? Next stop: the « Museo de El Greco » in Toledo.

BOZAR: 23 rue Ravenstein, 1000 Bruxelles. Info & Tickets 02 507 82 00.