5 reasons why you should visit Milan

Historic Rome and romantic Venice. Both beautiful Italian cities right? But they have a big contender to cope with; Milan. 

Milan is best known as the Italian fashion capital thanks to its historic fashion houses, and the four yearly fashion weeks. But, it has so much more to offer; quaint little streets, great shopping and more hidden gems.

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Exploring Milan, yes, this was a parked Vespa.

1. Discover the artistic side of Milan

I visited the Fondazione Prada, an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art and culture and designed by Rem Koolhaas – the famous Dutch architect. Located in Largo Isarco, in the south of Milan. Take a few hours to time to visit all 7 buildings.  Admission is 10 euro per person.

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Largo Isarco, 2, 20135 Milano

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2. Visit the beautiful and more quit district Brera

A bohemian atmosphere where you will find many restaurants, bars, antique and art shops.
» Take a coffee and delicious cupcake at Di Viole Di Liquirizia – Via Madonnina 10
» Visit the impressive and beautiful Accademia di Brera; a fine Arts Academy, school with 3,000 local and international students – Via Brera, 28
» Visit the historic church with several impressive artworks Santa Maria del Carmine – Piazza del Carmine 2
» Explore the elegance streets of Brera, full of cultural and historical gems

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3. Eat the best ice cream you’ve ever had

One of the main reasons to visit Italy is to enjoy their culinary culture. One of Milan specialties is gelato, ice cream! We tried a few ice creams in Milan, and Cioccolat Italiani was for sure our number one favorite. Why? High quality ingredients, fresh gelato prepared daily and a heart of melted chocolate inside an artisanal cone. Wanna know where to eat? Check my favorite food spots of Milan.

Milan is a must visit city in Europe.

Cioccolati Italiani
Via Edmondo de Amicis, 25, 20123 Milano

4. Explore Navigli
Discover the charming canals of Milano designed and engineered by Leonardo Da Vinci. Stroll along the canals where you will find every last Sunday of the month from 9 am until 6 pm, starting in September, an antique market.

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Along the Alzaia Naviglio Grande

5. Shop till you drop (don’t forget to check out the beautiful buildings and cute little side streets)
Milan is one of shopping capitals of Europe and therefore it’s perfect for shopping! From designer stores and boutiques to outlets and from expensive to affordable, you will find it in Milan! 
» Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the world’s oldest shopping mall, & Other stories is around the corner
» You will find the best boutiques in Brera
» Go to Corso Como where you will find the best outlets with affordable prices for design clothes
» Via Montenapoleone is the high fashion area of Milan where you will find shops like Sandro

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How to get around?

By bike: The BikeMi –  public bike system (make a reservation via internet)
By metro: Milan’s metro – from 6AM-12.30AM; a day ticket costs €4.50.
By taxi: Milan works with Uber, download the app
By Scooter: Moto Roads offers verpa’s from 60 euro per day

Enjoy!

Ciao,

Sarah

The Amsterdam Teleport Hotel is changing it’s look

Yesterday something cool happend in the Teleport Hotel near Sloterdijk station in Amsterdam. The Teleport Hotel opened in the summer of 2016 and is situated in an old office building. This meant that a lot of work needed to be done and they decided to pimp their hotel by organizing a graffiti art event held on the 27th and 28th of November with amazing results..

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They really promote their guests to discover Amsterdam

The Hotel
The Teleport Hotel offers 143 studio rooms and each of those have a small kitchen so you can feel right at home and save money by being able to prepare simple meals. Each room has a Flat Screen TV, free Wi-Fi and safety box. Bathrooms include a shower, hairdryer and toiletries. The hotel features a chill area, colorful dining room and even a small gym. But they really promote their guests to discover Amsterdam so the hotel offers a lot of tours like the art tour where local graffiti artists walk you around the city discovering the coolest street art. The hotel is located near Amsterdam’s 2nd largest trainstation with only one stop from Amsterdam Central. If you want you can rent a bicycle for €15,- per 24 hours. The hotel mainly accommodates young people on the go but sees more and more travelers from all sorts of ages and backgrounds, as long as they love to explore. It’s also a great location for a business stop as the Schiphol Airport is only 2 stations away from Sloterdijk Station. 

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Source: Teleport Hotel Amsterdam

Creating Art
Because it used to be an office building, the rooms looked a bit dull and this is something the management really wanted to change. By inviting several local street artists, the hotel is getting a total make-over. At the event graffiti artists like Dotsy, Sket185, Sjem Bakkus and Press One sprayed 20 rooms into a colorful display.

Graffiti artist at work at Teleport Hotel Amsterdam
Graffiti artist Sjem Bakkus at work

Graffiti by Skept185

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Yesterdays artwork  by Skept185

Press One at the Amsterdam Teleport Hotel
Press One doing his thing

Be sure to check the last day of the event which is being held today (28th of November) and see the artists finishing the rooms. If you can’t make it this time, keep an eye on their website as a second event will be organized in the new year!

Amsterdam Teleport Hotel
Heathrowstraat 3-5, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Elke

*All pictures were shot by Jolien, one of Wander-Lust guest bloggers

Favela painting artists take their latest project to the Netherlands

Back in 2011 the boys of Favela Painting started a movement back in Rio when they decided to give the favela area some color. Literally. Besides brightening up the buildings, they also employed local youth to paint the buildings and houses for a few reasons; give them something they can be proud of and take them of the streets. It was a huge succes and Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn decided to take their project to other destinations. From Rio they traveled to Philadelphia, Curaçao and Port-au-Prince in Haïti. Now they are back in their home country the Netherlands to take on a new project. The Bijlmer Bajes, an large jail in south east of Amsterdam has been empty since the beginning of June and is now getting ready to house refugees for 1,5 years before the buildings are taken down. They’ve started painting the grey walls with the help of volunteers including refugees.

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Their first project in Rio; The boy with kite

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Photo: Favela Painting

Turning urban spaces into art projects might look like an easy task but everything is designed and worked out carefully. Locals are trained before they’re handed a paintbrush and some are able to take the lead which makes them feel worthy, something that most of them have not felt in a long time. The goal of the Favela Foundation was founded back in 2005 and the main goal is to create art in places where people are often socially excluded.

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Paining the new refugee centre in Amsterdam. Photo: Jeroen Koolhaas

I’m looking forward to see the end result and making the new refugee centre a colorful place.

Love, 

Elke

Curious about the most colorful places in the world? 

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Let’s get some ART in Amsterdam

I have always been interested by art because my dad is an artist and I grew up with it. I tried to draw and paint myself but that was a complete failure so I just look at it now. But what I have noticed, is that the younger generation (and I’m talking 18-35 years old) is gaining an interest in art. Is this because of bespoken artist like Damien Hirst? Or fashion muses like Kate Moss? Or is it because there is so much new young talent out there?
I think it’s a combination of all 3 but most important; Art is becoming more accessible! 

This weekend you can feast your eyes on some cool art events and I’ve listed my favorites down for you:

1. The Affordable Art fair

When: 29th Oct – 1st Nov.
Where: Kromenhouthal Amsterdam North
I was invited to the press viewing of this years 10th anniversary. The founder explained; “we want to make art accessible for everyone. Prices are visible so there’s no weird vibe going on. This way people talk about the art immediately”. The affordable art fair started in London in the 90’s and was a great success with over a million pounds of art being sold. After that, the fair expended throughout Europe and even traveled to New York. Artist from all over the world participate. The art ranges from about 500 to 10.000 euro’s. This means you can have one of these beautiful pieces on your wall!
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Beautiful pieces at the Affordable Art Fair including a Damien Hirst skull.

2. Public House of Art

When: 29th of Oct continuously 
Where: Nieuw spiegelstraat 39, Amsterdam
This gallery is not a gallery. At least, this is how they describe themselves. They sell photographs in limited editions
and unique one-off sculptures and paintings,verified by them and signed by the artist. Again, they also believe that art should be for everybody and affordable. They open their doors with an exclusive art performance tonight so I’m curious to see what that’s going to be like!
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Luna, by Jenny Boot (source: Public House of Art)

3. Zolder47

When: 30st Oct – 1st Nov
Where: Hotel de Hallen, Amsterdam
This is a one of sale in Hotel de Hallen in Amsterdam West. The owner of the hotel, Arjen van den Hof, collects art from all over the world. So much, that he can afford having an exclusive sale! The VIP opening is today and will run until the 1st of November. You can expect paintings, fashion and lifestyle items!

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Art from all over world at Hotel de Hallen (source: Hotel de Hallen)

Let’s get some ART!

Love,

Elke

USA Roadtrip, part 2 » Los Angeles

Walk along the beautiful Venice Beach boardwalk, spot a movie star on Rodeo drive, go for luxury shopping in Beverly Hills, take a hike to see the famous Hollywood sign, have drinks & lunch in this cozy area Abbot Kinney or dance the night away in Hollywood Teddy’s; talking about Los Angeles!

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