Mechelen Patershof Hotel
Built by the
Franciscan monks in 1867, the "Paterskirk" in Mechelen,
Belgium looks like an
ordinary church- which is what I thought it was prior to entering. As I walked
in I was greeted by a doorman ready to take my suitcase.Street view of Martin's PatershofIn 2009 the
Paterskirk church opened as a 4-star hotel known ...
The New York Earth Room
In a highly desired 3,600 square foot Soho loft
with pristine white walls and large windows, lies 280,000 pounds of dirt. The
22-inch-high layer of dirt is 40 years old and is The
New York Earth Room, an interior earth
sculpture by American artist Walter De Maria. This is the third Earth
Room sculpture executed by...
Grassmayr Bell Foundry
Since 1599 the Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Innsbruck, Austria
has been casting bronze bells ranging from small concert bells to iconic church
bells weighing several tons. The Grassmayr family has carried on the bell
making craft for 14 generations. This year the foundry set another record with
the 25-ton bell nicknamed "B...
Art of the In-Between
On view at The Met until September 4th is the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” exhibit. Although best to avoid on rainy weekends, this exhibit is worth a visit for its architectural design and most notably its fashion. Past/Present/Future (above) Birth/Marriage/Death (Below)The ...
A Parisian Hidden Gem: The Sainte-Chapelle
In the heart of Paris, France stands a small Gothic chapel
with a humble exterior but a truly breathtaking interior. The Sainte-Chapelle (“Holy Chapel”) was built in the 13th
century by Pierre de Montreuil for Louis IX to use as his royal chapel and to
house relics of the Passion. The Lower Chapel served pa...