Brussels’ Art Nouveau
I’m a huge fan of Art Nouveau and have made the pilgrimage to see the works of Mucha in Prague and Gaudi in Barcelona. Their Belgian counterpart was Victor Horta. His house in Brussels is now a museum. Although the curved lines and features of the house are charming, the collection inside is somewhat disappointing. I had a much better time spotting examples of living Art Nouveau around the city, like this former “Old England” department store that is now a cafe.Unfortunately, some of this art has been vandalized with graffiti. Europe really needs to have a no-tolerance policy instead of treating gangster spray paint like it’s some kind of modern art.My son Andrew came to Brussels for the weekend from his internship in Romania. Near the Horta museum we noticed a vampire who must have followed him from Transylvania.