30.4.14

My illustrations in Brussels Airport

Travel and illustration. Is there a combination that is more fun? Actually yes. Travel, COFFEE and illustration! I was super excited for a reason when I got to paint a mural and the back of an espresso machine, in one of the new coffee bars of the Java Coffee Company in Brussels Airport. I haven't been sharing a lot of work through this blog but since I'm working on some travel related projects it might be time to share some of it.

I mainly know this place as the entrance and the exit of my home country Belgium. Always happy to leave, but always good to be back. This place got even a little bit better now! You can't imagine how happy I am to be able to show my work in a place like this! So here we go:

Oh and for all you Belgians and travelers visiting Belgium, the Java Coffee House is located in the arrivals hall. You can't miss out on their delicious coffees and my work, of course... :-) Feel free to send me some pictures if you got the chance to have a look :-)


working at home....

Interested in more pictures of my work in their other coffee bar? Or just in what else I've been up to? You can visit my portfolio www.tinnecornelissen.com or my behance account!

28.4.14

Back in time - Copenhagen, Denmark

I recently booked some tickets for Roskilde, a music festival in Denmark. I'm totally getting excited for this trip: a festival, a visit to Copenhagen and hopefully Sweden... Over the weekend (to get me even more excited) I had a look at some pictures of Denmark I took about 2 years ago and decided to share them with you. Copenhagen is just such an amazing city! Another city that makes me say 'I wouldn't mind living here' (probably until I see the snow in winter) but still, I loved it!

Anyone else going to the Roskilde festival?

21.4.14

Guide to Paris - my favorite museums

Paris, where should I start... So many things happening, so much things to do. You might have thought I was just eating croissants all day while living there but I have to say that you are wrong. In fact, I was just giving myself a little cultural treat as well. It took me quite a while before I could make a selection of my favorite museums in this city. There's just so many of them, and they all happen to have interesting exhibitions. I managed to pick a few, here they are!


Centre Georges Pompidou

Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris - www.centrepompidou.fr 

This cultural center, located in the city center just ticks all the boxes. Let's start with the outside, the architecture of this building is incredible. It looks super industrial and rough but in a way really pretty and colorful. It's a big contrast with the typical Parisian buildings but it fits in perfectly. Anyway, what's inside is even better...

The first thing you will find there is the Musée National d'Art Moderne. Next to the amazing permanent collection (which contains work of Picasso, Warhol, Pollock, Magritte, Miro, ...) you'll find exhibitions of the biggest modern artists. I had the chance to see exhibitions of Henri Matisse (one of my favorites) and Edvard Munch.

Then there's a big library, there are concerts, there's a cinema and the biggest art book shop I've ever seen.... and with big I mean BIG. I can easily spend a couple of days, ehm weeks in this one! Trying to read and see as much as possible while I'm there and not spending too much money. Yea, as you can imagine, not spending didn't turn out that well. At least books make great souvenirs!

Oh, did I tell you there is a stunning view from the rooftop?! Just take the escalators and enjoy beautiful Paris! I'd even say, if you have some money left (that you're not spending in the bookshop), pamper yourself with a dinner in the rooftop restaurant! You read it well. Rooftop Restaurant!!!

Great bonus:there's a free entrance (for the permanent collection only) for people in between 18-25 or every first Sunday of the month for everybody!



L'orangerie

Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris - www.musee-orangerie.fr

Located in le Jardin des Tuileries and this is not the best part of it. Why I put this one in the list is because there is no better way to go see les Nymphéas, the (to my opinion) most impressive work of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet. They are exhibited in
these oval rooms, you just get surrounded by these beautiful water lilies and sometimes that's
just all you need.



Jeu de Paume

1 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris - www.jeudepaume.org

Also located in le Jardin des Tuileries (how can you not love Paris?!) and also an amazing museum. At Jeu de Paume, they put a focus on video arts and photography. While I was there, I got to see an exhibition of Benerice Abott and Ai Weiwei!

What you might like to hear: every Tuesday they organise 'Mardi Jeunes', this basically means they have free entrance for visitors under 26 and they open up till 9 P.M.!



Musée Rodin

79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris - www.musee-rodin.fr

All about Auguste Rodin, a French impressionist sculptor, that used to work in the building that is now his museum. There's a big selection of his work, inside the building but also outside in the beautiful garden that came with it. Visiting when the sun is shining is all I can recommend!



Musée d'Orsay

1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris - www.musee-orsay.fr

Musée d'Orsay used to be Gare d'Orsay. This old train station is converted to an impressive museum. Not only do they have a beautiful collection which contains work of Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin,...  they also show one of my favorite paintings of all time, which is called 'The Circus' by George Seurat and which you can not forget to have a look at when you're there! Also have a look upstairs, in one of the towers. You can have a little peek into the city through the big station clock which is almost as pretty as the painting I was talking about!


12.4.14

back in time, a trip to Turkey

About 5 years ago, the parents of one of my friends moved to Turkey. Perfect time to visit them! What was planned to be a 2 week trip during the easter holidays became a 3 week trip thanks to the erupting Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland (yes I had to look this up, and no I have no clue how to pronounce this). This was the perfect time to get to see different parts of the country.

I only knew Turkey from the pictures of some of my Facebook friends. Perfectly describable by the following words: hotel, swimming pool, beach and boring. I can not imagine myself going on a trip like this, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But one thing became clear from the first moment I arrived. Turkey is not just all-in hotels.

Okay, so no hotel lifestyle, what then? I have to admit... We did do some luxury hotel living at the end of the trip in Adana, in the South of Turkey. But that doesn't mean we were taking swimming pool selfies all day. We did trips in the neighborhood and enjoyed the amazing breakfast buffet the Hilton hotels have to offer... Seriously, never seen a buffet like that in my entire life. Well, that's something new I tried! But the best part of the trip was the first part.

The first days we spent at the home of my friends parents in Ankara. Got to know the city a bit which was pretty interesting. Then we made a trip to Cappadocia. Hiking, sleeping in cave B&Bs (yes in an actual cave, how cool is that!) and getting rewarded for all the hiking in a traditional hammam. After Cappadocia we made another trip, to Istanbul this time. Amazing. Great city, impressive in the first place. Would love to go back now that I'm a bit older and now my photography skills and gear got an upgrade. ;-)

Anyway, the pictures give a little impression of these 3 wonderful weeks in sunny Turkey!

Ankara

Cappadocia

Istanbul

8.4.14

MY PERSONAL GUIDE - A NEW ZEALAND ROADTRIP

have a look further down for more details about the places on the map

I honestly think New Zealand is the perfect spot for great road trips. Not only does the landscape change spectacularly every 100 kilometer, it just has a lot to offer: citytrips, hikings, adventures stuff and don’t forget about the wine tastings…

So when is the best time to go? Well the weather is the warmest, from November to April. It’s a lot busier during Summer, which is from December to Februari, but on the other hand there’s more happening as well… I’m thinking music (and wine) festivals but also christmas on the beach! If you’re more into skiing the period from June to August is probably a better idea.
I went during the months November and December, and had great sunny weather (about 20-25° C)

Where should you go? Since you made it to New Zealand, which is pretty much far from everywhere… GO EVERYWHERE! I heard a lot that the South island was prettier than the North one, but I have to say, it’s just different! The North island is definitely a winner as well.

How to get around? Getting around in New Zealand is super easy. Honestly, there’s not a lot of roads so getting lost is not part of your trip. Rent a car, take a bus, hitchhike or go by an organized tour like this for example.
Me and my friend hitchhiked in the North Island and rented a car in the South... Renting a car was easier to see more but hitchhiking was a bigger adventure and more exciting.

Where to stay? There's hotels, hostels, there's a lot of campsites or try couch surfing ... but the best one: cheap campsites in national parks! Costs about $6 a night and there's clean toilets, water and some even have cold showers. You can get a little map of where they are located in a local tourist information point.


Here's a selection of pictures I took and a some random words: 


AUCKLAND 

This is where we arrived. It's a really big city for New Zealand but there's not that much happening... The city is good to get over your jetlag but I wouldn't spend too much time there, NZ is waiting!!


HUIA 

Close to Auckland, amazing black beaches and tropical plants! And if you're unlucky like us, it comes with tropical storms :-) Anyway, it's a great place to do some day trips and hikes. There's also possibilities to go surfing when the weather is better!


MATAMATA 

You might know this place from the Lord of the Rings movies, but since I'm not a big fan, it was never the plan to end up here. But that day, this amazing couple we were hitchhiking with, invited us to their home. They showed us the neighborhood, went on a little hike, they cooked for us, we got to spend the night and got to enjoy their neighbors backyard baths... Oh and did I already say we got some avocados from their avocado tree?! Definitely an "I-love-Kiwis-day". Deep inside I've always known that they were nice, I watched Flight of the Concords at least 10 times ;-) (What I'm trying to say here is this is why you should hitchhike and go meet some locals!)


ROTORUA 

Probably the smelliest town in the world. The smell of the volcanic activity in the ground is not that fun but it's pretty cool to see from nearby! Oh and this comes with hot thermal waterfalls, rivers and everything! Just try to find the free ones. You can pay a big entrance fee to bathe in a crowded river or find the free one and have the river for yourself... Just ask the locals! (Am I saying this too much? (-; )


TAUPO 

Relaxing by the lake. Or hiking for real. From this place you can catch a bus to climb the tongariro volcano. If you wonder where the pictures of volcano lakes and crazy mountains are... The day I wanted to go, the volcano erupted!! Unbelievable but I guess it's a sign I have to go back to New Zealand, what a shame :-) Instead of erupting volcano pictures that I can assure you would have been an amazing subject to photograph, you get a pic of me, hitchhiking to Napier :-) almost as good!


NAPIER 

Also known as the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. Feels like a movie set for the Great Gatsby and that can't be a bad thing!


HAWKE'S BAY 

Time for some wine tasting! We took a tour, ended up being the only 20+year olds with a bunch of 65+year olds, and believe it or not... It was the best fun! After a glass or 2... ;-)


WELLINGTON 

The capital city and to my opinion, the best city in New Zealand. Especially Cuba St and surroundings, food and drinks all day! Great place if you want to gain a lot of weight in only a little time :-) or that basically happens on every holiday right..? Another thing, it's also a bit windy (they call it Windy Welly for a reason) so don't make the mistakes I made: wearing a hat :-) Apart from that, just a lovely city!!


ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK 

Paradise. Honestly, go there and stay there! Golden skies, blue mountains, perfect beaches... I'm still overwhelmed watching the pictures! You can get a little pass to stay overnight in the park. Get your backpack out, hike from beach to beach, put your tent up on the beach, wake up with (one of) the best views (I ever saw) and you can thank me later!


WEST COAST 

A wild sea on this coastline. Dramatic-picture-taking-spot number one! The road next to the ocean is probably one of the most beautiful drives I've ever done. I could say its the Great Ocean Road from New Zealand. Couple of little towns on the way as well, good for fuel, coffee stops and grocery shopping. Also some pretty camping spots next to lakes. Waking up with a view!


FOX GLACIER 

(and the Franz Josef glacier) we couldn't get close because we didn't book a tour on the glacier (yes got to go back) but we did get to pick up an Scottish hitchhiker with our rental car. Returning the favor and everyone's happy!


WANAKA 

Great if you love outdoor sports. Not completely my kind of fun but got some great pics and views on the road to this little town, and a good feed after the drive so no complaints!


QUEENSTOWN 

After days of driving in the middle of nowhere, only bumping in to people now and then (and mostly 60 plussers or busses full of Japanese tourists) FINALLY a little city! People, YOUNG people, parties, barbecues next to the lake, fun and more fun! Oh yes, before I forget: after 2 hours almost got a big fine for parking the car wrong (strange parking rules there so watch out) but like I said before, Kiwis are nice and if you look as innocent (and confused) as I do, Mr. ParkingFine will be happy not to give it to you after all! Hooray for New Zealand (and for being a girl, comes in handy now and then). I guess I should also warn you, you're going to stay longer as you want. Especially after trying the FERGBURGER (please remember this name!). Probably the best burger in town, I mean in New Zealand, I MEAN IN THE WORLD. Go. check. it. out.


MILFORD SOUND 

After a week of partying, this is what you need. (Unless you're doing the hike, prepare yourself! Have heard some great stories and they're all spectacular!) We took the boat, relaxing afternoon on the water, surrounded by impressive landscapes and rainbows, especially those rainbows will make you feel in heaven.


DUNEDIN 

Not entirely sure what to write here... Just try to find the place of the picture! Such a great view on the city. And we secretly slept in our car there... Waking up with that view is just all we wanted that day.


OAMARU 

In between Dunedin and Oamaru, make a little stop to look at the boulders, so pretty! Oamaru itself is a small old town with some great old shops! I remember a Dutch bakery with amazing pastries... Evening activity: penguin watching, not too bad either.


CHRISTCHURCH 

And then there was Christchurch, unfortunately ruined by a big earthquake a couple of years ago. You can still see the city's scars as they're busy rebuilding it all. They did find some good solutions like a shopping mall in shipping containers... Clever idea from the Kiwis! The pic with the car is another I-want-to-wake-up-here spot, where we had a good sleep in our little car!




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