I went to
and it was freaking awesome!! Brussels
It wasn’t great from the get go though, but I shall spare you the details of how Divo was completely lost aux Bruxelles (because I sometimes refuse to make use of common sense). Instead I will share with you some of the highlights of my adventures.
I decided to go to the Arc de Triomphe (once upon a time I thought only Paris had one, but now I realise that most cities have one), because I figured I should do at least one touristy thing on my little fashion trip (and Manneken Pis was too far off my route to the opening of this really nice concept store). When I got off the metro to walk towards it, I found myself at the European Commission. Not that exciting 'an sich', but from a distance I could see some neon lights and that of course drew me in hahaha. So I made the walk all the way to the entrance to see what it was.
And I’m glad that I did. It was this “shapes of Light” pilot installation that demonstrates the potential of intelligent LED lighting solutions in decorative lighting and is part of the European Commission’s efforts to promote the wider deployment of innovative LED lighting in
group of illuminated human shapes symbolise Europe’s cultural diversity and showcases
the interactivity between people and lights. The shapes light up in the
presence of visitors and are dynamically changing colours and light effects
depending on the umber of visitors passing by.
After being side tracked I made my way to the Arc. Once I got to the park/garden in front of it I almost turned around. It was so scary. Like, it was not lit at all. And after surviving the underground stations….. (I swear I felt like I was on the set of Creep 3: Niggas in
…. I wasn’t too sure about testing my luck again. Not only was the park super dark (the pictures are way lighter than it actually was. I couldn’t even see the faces of the people passing me), but there were literally a couple of cult meetings going on in the park and those scary as hell loud prayers they were screaming, in a language God only knows, were beyond terrifying. 4 real!!
But brave as I am I went in anyways. What beauty one can behold in that park at night though. The way that the light of the tunnel, that runs underneath, hits the trees and the sight of the Arc were stunning.
And once again I was drawn to neon lights in the Arc itself. Turns out part of the Arc houses the Royal museum of the Armed Forces, which apparently is open every Thursday night. Obviously I had to go in to follow the light hahhah. One was simply lights projected onto a window.
The other was the saddest party I have ever witnessed in my life hhahahah. No, it was quite cosy I guess, with a couple of families eating and stuff. Just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I don’t think you really want to see the rest of what I saw there. It’s a military museum. Just use your imagination… Okay maybe just one.
I know this all seems quite dull, but you really had to be there hahahah. I was having so much fun with all these hilarious situations I can’t even explain to you in words. But I was there for the Mode Parcours 2013 and that was so dope. I met up with some old friends, met some new people and brands and stores that I can’t wait to tell you about. But for now I have to go back to some school ish. After all, I am not a jetsetter yet. Officially I’m just a
P.S.: I don’t understand why they don’t just pick one national language and choose to do EVERYTHING in both Dutch and French.