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Rebels in Brussels

No, let me get you out of your wondering: the rebels weren’t us. Disappointment. I should be a rebel more often ;-), I am always too ready to please everyone.

Yesterday was such a beautiful day in Brussels: a clear blue sky, such great food and coffee hot spots, an intriguing exhibition… And of course, being able to catch up with Daughter. Since she moved out of the house to go live with her boyfriend we really need to plan to see each other and talk. It was her birthday and I surprised her with a day in our capital.

On the train I gave her a schedule with addresses she had to look for.

Tich was the first, a concept store, annex coffee bar and vegan lunch place. It was very spacey, and the almond cappuccino and homemade waffles tasted marvelous.

Then off to the next spot, which was also located close to the Koningsplein (King’s square): the exhibition “Revolutions, records & rebels” at the ING Art Center. It lasts till March 10th 2019.

What was it about?
It is about the fascinating time period 1966-1970:
In the US the desire to act out against the Establishment can be seen as a reaction to the stultifying boredom of 1950’s suburban living, with the nation’s young people united in rejecting their society’s conservative values. In contrast, British youths of the time had grown up in a climate of austerity, surrounded by the devastating effects of war.
On both sides of the Atlantic, the young wanted to change the world, adopting a new original, flamboyant and at times utopian lifestyle. Far from being a uniquely Anglo-Saxon reaction among the intellectual elite, it quickly spread to all levels of society on the European continent. This evolution was accompanied by a rise in recreational drug use that intensified perceptions and opened the way to creative experimentation in music, art, film and literature.

All levels where the revolution broke through were visible in this exhibition: music, art, interior design, fashion, first steps of ecological awareness (young people who decided to live together in nature, in recycled houses and refused to eat meat). Lots of graphic design was exposed, on vinyl records, posters and advertisements.

The revolution was also a big struggle for women’s rights, homosexual rights and afro-american rights.

This exhibition was first shown in London and now brought to Brussels. What is interesting is that they added a parts of local design and fashion too.

Just go see and listen.  Put on your headphones and immerse yourself in the sounds of the musical icons of the era (The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell).

Lunch was delicious, a friend advised us this trendy, cozy vegan restaurant, Oficina. In fact, you could also eat fish, so lots of choice.

Afterwards we still strolled through beautiful Brussels, shopped in the Antoine Dansaertstraat. It is inspiring to see all the decorations, the original interior.

Urban therapy

Labelchic for biological beauty

What a gorgeous day and for your information: we started at Central Station Brussels and walked the whole day, which was certainly doable (more or less 10 km in total). Enjoy your day!




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  • Reply katrien 9 November 2018 at 16:51

    Hier word ik vrolijk van Sophie!
    We zijn weer enkele leuke tips rijker…
    Fijn weekend voor jullie!

    • Reply Sophia 9 November 2018 at 16:54

      Dankjewel Katrien, het was ook een vrolijke dag! Goed weekend, aan jullie ook! Sophie

  • Reply Habiba 17 November 2018 at 19:16

    Wat een heerlijke dag hadden jullie! Fijn! Tx voor de tips! Liefs, Habiba

    • Reply Sophia 20 November 2018 at 15:54

      Dankje Habiba, het was inderdaad een heerlijke dag! XXX

  • Reply Leen 18 November 2018 at 14:24

    Zalig om er zo met dochterlief op uit te trekken! Ook fijn om te zien hoe jullie smaken zo goed overeenkomen! Nu ze ‘uit huis’ is, moeten jullie maar veel van deze gezellige dagen inbouwen om bij te kletsen! Goed idee! Liefs, Leen.

    • Reply Sophia 20 November 2018 at 15:55

      Dag Leen, Ja heerlijk samen met dochter-lief op pad, zeker nu ik haar niet meer zo vaak zie. Nu moeten we het echt inplannen. liefs, Sophie

  • Reply katrien 20 November 2018 at 15:02

    En wat doe je dan als trouwe lezer? Jazeker! Brussel bezoeken en de tips meenemen!
    Brussel is prachtig, en de tips waren erg handig…
    Wij combineerden het stadsbezoek met een concert in het Koninklijk Circus, prachtige zaal!
    Ik kijk ernaar uit om meer te lezen van je Sophie!
    Lieve groet, katrien

    • Reply Sophia 20 November 2018 at 15:59

      Dag Katrien,

      Je spant inderdaad de kroon, samen met Leen zeker een van de trouwste lezers. Of toch eentje die feedback geeft en dat kan ik heel erg appreciëren! Zo plezant om te horen dat jullie mijn voorbeeld gevolgd hebben. Jammer dat Tich wat tegenviel. Achteraf las ik op TripAdvisor ook negatieve commentaren, dat het er nogal chaotisch aan toe ging. Wij waren er op een donderdag ochtend, dus minder volk.
      Het Koninklijk Circus, ook een goeie tip!!! Dankjewel.

      lieve groetjes, Sophie

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