manneken pis - rue de l'étuve - bruxelles - belgique - map it here Who doesn't like Manneken Pis, one of Brussels tiniest, most famous and most irreverent resident? He dates back to 1619, is located close to the Grand-Place and symbolizes the independent spirit of the residents of the city. On occasion, you can find him wearing something on. The little rascal is spoiled: he often receives costumes from foreign dignitaries visiting our city, or for special occasions, to honor a profession or an event, ... This is a tradition going back to way back when... He even has something that every New York girl would be very jealous of: insane closet space!!! Indeed, this little guy has a museum to keep all his costumes!
somewhere on main street - cold spring, ny - hudson valley - map it here This picture was taken a few months ago in Cold Spring, a popular weekend destination in the Hudson Valley. It is an easy trip for the intrepid New Yorkers venturing out of the city for a day of antiquing in the country. The train ride along the Hudson River is a little over an hour, costs about $20 round trip and is absolutely gorgeous. I think it is a little christmas treet is doormat for a very spoiled little dog. It is also a reminder to make sure you decorate your tree... ;)
bloomingdale's - map it here This year, holiday windows at Bloomingsdale's rhymes with 50ies, 60ies nostalgia and Tony Bennet songs. Each window illustrates a classic tune of the holiday season. Let's peek in! Feel free to sing along as these tunes are playing outside of each window. :)
Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it us to ride In one horse open sleigh [...]
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, We're happy tonight, Walking in a winter wonderland. [...]
Have yourself a merry little Christmas...
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light From now on, our troubles will be out of sight [...]
I'll be home for Christmas...
I'll be home for Christmas You can count on me Please have snow and mistletoe And presents under the tree [...]
Santa Claus is coming to town...
You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town He's making a list And checking it twice
He'd better check it twice, that list! I don't know about you but I am a bit worried when I read his list... Are you on the list? Hmmm???
coach - 595madison avenue - map it here For those who need some convincing that a girl can never have enough bags... ... or smoking hot and fantabulous crazy shoes... which you wouldn't be able to wear anywhere, anytimes, anyways...
louis vuitton - fifth avenue & E57th street - map it here The Vuitton façade on Fifth Avenue already looks as if it was gift wrapped all year long. It could thus be a bit of a challenge to find ways to create even more sparkles for the holidays. And that's when the magic neon decorations come in. Ah neon lights... always groovy and fantastic.
maxilla & mandible - 451 columbus avenue - map it here In Manhattan, you can almost find anything you want if you know where to look. For that unique gift for the person on your list "who has everything", Maxilla & Mandible may just be the perfect place for your holiday shopping. Paleontology (fossils), osteology (bones), entomology (insects), malacology (seashells), anatomy, jewelry, ... they have it. "A shop for the truly discerning shopper...", as they say in that vintage video on their website. Picture credit: yelp.com
central park - map it here This was taken a couple of weeks ago, on Thanksgiving Day. While everybody is watching the parade, this is the best time to snap a few pictures of the beautiful autumn colors in the park. And catch that perfect shaped tree with its little carpet. ... which leads me to this gripping question: does anybody has a trick to remove coffee stains on a carpet? "Someone" was clumsy enough to drop a grande latte on a rug, although the cup was securely standing on the edge of the coffee table next to the book pile that sits next to the laptop that... Yep, I am not proud.
lipstick building - E53rd and third ave. - map it here Here's a touch of glamour with the Lipstick Building. Its unusual shape and color was inspired by... lipstick. It has three layers stacked like an opened lipstick tube. Here's a much better view. The first time I saw it, years ago, I would have bet it had something to do with cinema. I always found its rows of windows to look like film canisters. I guess someone needs to spend more time at Lancôme.
times square subway station - map it here I attended one of the best underground jam session a few weeks ago. No, it was not at the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard, the Iridium or other smoky hideaways. Nope. It was in the Times Square subway station. I figured I was in no rush to head home and just stopped, curious and intrigued by the crowd gathered around these guys. Before I knew it, they captivated me for at least 40 minutes. They were that good. They sold a lot of CDs and visibly enjoyed giving a good show to the big crowd assembled to hear this jazzy conversation. Apologies for the poor quality - iPhone does not like neon lights.
corner of vanderbilt & dekalb Ave, fort greene, new york - map it here What do you do on gloomy rainy day? Either you stay home, mad at the sky, watching DVDs and drinking hot cocoa. Or, you explore a new neighborhood and stumble on something that can brighten your day. Which is what I did yesterday and discovered Fort Greene, a Brooklyn neighborhood. And I stumbled on this very nice mural. If you enlarge the picture, you might be able to see little dots on the map - people of the neighborhood where invited to put a dot in the spot where their home was located. _________________ To learn more about this mural: • a little video that will show you the mural being completed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO7Gvmdd1zE • Tillie's of Brooklyn, the coffee shop that hosts it: http://www.tilliesofbrooklyn.com/mural.html • and the blog of the artist, Ellie Balk: http://www.tilliesmuralproject.blogspot.com/
Belgian gal, French speaking, lands in Manhattan for work. Falls in love with her new city and stays. Keeps on discovering it every single day and loves it! Shares it with you through daily pictures. Makes no pretense of being a photographer. Is more of a happy-snapper note-taker.