What I love about visiting cities you don’t know very well, is exploring, seeing things that you normally don’t and enjoying all the new impressions. I often find it inspiring to be surprised by things you aren’t normally exposed to.
When I visited Antwerp with Anne two years back, we discovered some really charming shops. I have been in the (above depicted) fabric store before once and I still can’t help but to delight in all the pretty patterns and colours. It makes me want to sew a new dress instantly. I didn’t end up buying anything, as it was rather expensive (I think they import a lot from Japan). But just looking at the pictures again makes me happy.
I love to see street artists at work. It is not too often that I see this in my own city, so I loved coming across a guy who was making a great piece of art with only white and black chalk.
What these places and people offer is a wish in me to create. In a way that wish is always there, but simply walking around Antwerp made me want to sew dresses, play music, make art and dress pretty.
I think that’s the reason why travelling is so great. All the new stimuli open your senses and imagination, and help you to form new ideas and desires.