Artistes Résidants, Espace H20, Oberkorn

Last week, together with the sweet Sunny from My Orchasy, I visited the vernissage of the exposition “Artistes Résidants” at Espace H20 in Oberkorn.

There were several interesting artworks presented at the event and I was impressed by the kind of different emotions that each and every artist was expressing.

Artist exposing were: MARION ANTOINE,  FEYROUZ ASHOURA,  VIVIANE BRISCOLINI,  SENTINEL CITY, RAYMOND COLOMBO,  JULIE CRUCHTEN, FLETCHER, FRANK JONS, KONTEXT, YVES KORTUM, TINE KRUMHORN, FRANÇOISE LEY, TOM DI MAGGIO, KINGSLEY OGWARA, GILLES PEGEL, REINY RIZZI, AÏDA SCHWEITZER, EGBERDIEN VAN DER TORRE, MARCO WEITEN..

The exhibition is open until October 4th, so you are still on time to pay a visit!

More information could be find here.

As not my usual amateur pictures were requested by the beauty of the artworks, I have asked Sunny to share her pictures with me. Visit her blog to follow her amazing photography work.
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Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people: Claire Bonello

For the series “Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people” today we will discover something more about Claire, a fellow blogger and a proofreader who moved to Luxembourg not so much ago…

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What is your name?
Claire

What do your friends call you?
I don’t really have a nickname.

Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate, reliable, and creative.

How long have you been living in Luxembourg?
Only 8 months.

What are you doing here?
I moved with my boyfriend, who’s got a job with the EU institutions. I currently work as a freelance English and Maltese proofreader (www.clairebonello.com/proofreading).

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
With a more stable life, very possibly still in Luxembourg.

What do you like doing in your spare time?
I love to blog (www.clairebonello.com), to read (mostly English literature), to watch films and TV shows, and definitely to visit new restaurants.

What is your most beloved place in Luxembourg?
Anywhere in the beautiful countryside – I feel so lucky to be able to be so close to such stunning stretches of countryside.

What is your favorite restaurant in Luxembourg?
This is difficult, particularly since there are so many that I haven’t tried yet, and there are also so many different types of cuisine… it’s very hard to choose! I loved Beim Siggy  (gorgeous on a sunny day) and Heringer Millen (beautiful food in Mullerthal), but I also have a soft spot for Indian restaurants (Everest near the Gare and Swagat in Strassen are my favorites, I think).

What is your preferred night-life spot in Luxembourg?
I’m not one to go out much at night (unless there’s an awesome concert), but there’s a bar called Liquid in the Grund which has lovely live music and cider on tap.

Do you have a favorite drink?
I do love a gin and tonic with Hendricks gin and a slice of cucumber.

Where do you do your shopping usually?
I don’t have a car yet, so I usually pop to the Delhaize close to my apartment. For clothes, I seem to own a few too many H&M dresses.

What do you like about Luxembourg life?
There’s a lot of good food, a lot of different, wonderful people, and a lot of greenery (and four distinct seasons).

What would you improve?
For me: my French! It really keeps me from enjoying life to the full – mostly because I’m often too scared to do things or go places because I’m scared of the language barrier (even though most people speak good English). In Luxembourg, I would love for some more information to be offered in English (even though I understand that publishing things in three languages is already too burdensome at the best of times).

What is the best place you visited in a range of 200 km from the city and that you would suggest for a daily trip?
I’m going to stay within Luxembourg, and say Mullerthal, Vianden, and the Upper-Sûre lake.

What is the best adjective to describe Luxembourg?
Luxembourgish! It’s definitely a special place with its own character. 🙂

If you want to know more about Claire and follow her journey in Luxembourg, check our her blog here.

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A new cozy wine bar: La bulle de vin, Luxembourg

On Friday night, I have been invited to the re-opening of La bulle de vin, a very stylish wine bar located in the Old Town, just next door to Companero.

The bar and the restaurant were already open to the public but the new management invites friends for a tasting to celebrate the re-launch.

The bar, as structure, used to be one of my favorite in town when it was still called “PM”, but the previous managements were not able to valorize such great architecture.

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The concept now is that the entrance hall is dedicated to chill out: the music is soft, each table has great own space and you can relax, drink and chat.

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Going down, the middle floor is working as restaurant.

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Then, down at the basement, a stunning high-ceiling “party room” with a dedicated bar. This room has higher volume music (with a separated system from upstairs) and tall tables. You know, I am kind of claustrophobic in this basement Old Town bars, but actually here you have a very high staircase leading outside.

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Back to the bar offer, La bulle de vin has an outstanding quality value. They offers great, non-commercial wines at fair prices. You can also have champagne and wine tastings – they change each month – and, to accompany your glasses, you can combine delicious platter of cheese and charcuterie. .

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Yesterday evening we had tasted three types of wine – plus a glass of pink champagne to bubble before leaving. Wines were great and the bar personnel is well prepared to explain you the wine background. We only had some finger food but looking at the dishes that were arriving at other tables, I am definitely motivated to come back for food. Environment is trendy but not formal.

The basement party room could be also privatized for parties and La bulle de vin organizes special events like Wine Tasting for Girls – subscribe their newsletter to receive update on the events!

White Dinner 2015 – Some hints

Did you ever heard about the White Dinner?

This is a truly amazing event organized in several European cities during summer (check some pictures of the one in Paris here).

The rules are more or less always the same: the dinner is taking place in a public place that is kept secret till the very last, everybody should be dressed in total white and you must provide for everything for your group (table, chairs, food, etc.).

It is actually less complicated than it looks and having been to four White Dinners in Luxembourg already, I can ensure it is definitely worth the effort – and each and every year you want to improve!

It is just important you try to plan a bit in advance the event and to share the tasks with your group of friends. Keep the group limited, above all if you are inexperienced. A table of 4 or 6 is easier to manage and you won’t feel overwhelmed.

Previous White Dinners in Luxembourg took place among all at the Roses Garden in front of Arcelor Mittal building, in Rue Philippe II, on the Corniche.

Some suggestions:

– Normally you receive indications regarding the “meeting point” ahead the White Dinner day. The “meeting point” is at a walking distance from the place where the White Dinner will actually take place. Therefore, start to wonder where the dinner could be and above all try to find the closest parking place/bus stop. You can share the easy things to transport with your friends (have backpacks, boxes and cooler bags ready and filled). Have just one friend with the car that could move heavy stuff and tables when the place is announced. Use foldable tables and chairs for garden that are light and easy to clean.

– If you are afraid of taking china with you, check at shop like Hema or Ava, in Luxembourg city. They have wonderful catering items at small price and some nice decoration solutions.

– Coordinate the food and the drinks, to avoid ending up with ten red wines bottles and nothing else. Take in consideration that, from the announcement of the “place”, it takes some time to arrange the tables and collect people, so be ready with an icy cold champagne bottle or a nice aperitif for your friends, while you are setting your table.

– Go cold (pasta salad, raw fish, cheese and charcuterie) and simple (what about a bento box for your friends?). If you are afraid is going to be too complicated, you might consider to take something take away (Sushi shop box, for example).

– Don’t forget ashtray if you have smoking friends, big bin bags to clean everything at the end and eventually some rags/cleaning paper as disaster recovery option (open Aperol bottle overturned on the table anyone?)

– If it is your first year, don’t bother too much about the appearance. Try to be clean,  have a nice organized table and above all to enjoy. You might see crazy stuff that night, like people having their own butler carrying them stuff around, but White Dinner is not about the best table. It is about having a different special night, about a secret place, about being thrilled of organizing something with your friends and enjoy this special and lovely moment.

Have fun!

Pictures of my previous editions are following:

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