Art Nouveau & The Abbey

In the late 19th century, Brussels was a centre for avant-garde design and architect Victor Horta created a new style, later labelled Art Nouveau. Featuring sensuous curves elaborated in wrought iron, mosaics, stained glass, murals and woodwork. Today, his former house has been transformed into a museum.     Brussels, and Belgium for that matter, has an impressive array of haute cuisine choices – without the Paris prices, as one commented to me.   I stayed at The Dominican in Brussels. A converted Dominican Abbey has found new life as a hotel that is a member of the Design Hotel group. It…


One compact city, Brussels was brought into the world spotlight when it became the European Union capital in 1992. Inspired by Art Nouveau and Surrealism, Brussels is not an easy city to know. However, it has great museums, comic strips, chocolate stores on every block, wonderful beer, and haute cuisine without the Paris prices. The Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts houses many art greats that are remarkably homegrown. The Rubens and Brueghel collections are impressive and the size of the museum would not make one feel overwhelmed.