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Brussels city hotel brings the garden feel inside

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What’s in a name? A whole lot at hotel Le Jardin Secret, translated as the secret garden hotel. In the midst of the Brussels shopping district, a hotel is hiding in plain sight. An unassumingly tiny plant shop is, in fact, also the access to a surprisingly green hotel environment. Centered around a large garden patio, this hotel is an oasis in the busy city environment. It is immediately clear why the hotel identifies as an “Incognito hotel.”

The interiors have been designed in a minimal yet cozy fashion. A lot of references to natural materials enhance the relaxed oasis feel of Le Jardin Secret. You have the option of booking family rooms which feature Robinson Crusoe style bunk beds.

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It is no secret that Paris has been the capital of fashion since the seventeenth century. The city has been the playground for prestigious designers and couture brands like Chanel, Dior, and Saint Laurent. Today the Parisian style is not only an aesthetic choice but a philosophy. It embraces elegance, timelessness, and slow responsible fashion. The focus is on the cut and the quality of the materials. No fluff or excessiveness with a less is more approach. And what better way to understand Parisian fashion than to visit a museum dedicated to it.

For more than 70 years, the house has been crafting magical couture pieces in their atelier at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Christian Dior has made this location a legendary address since the first collection in 1947. Behind its new flagship, the House of Dior inaugurates a permanent exhibition in an extraordinary gallery, independently of its boutique. Mr. Dior wanted to be an architect; the building and the museum pay him a beautiful tribute today.

The staging is astonishing. A circular staircase at the entrance showcases 452 dresses and 1,422 accessories, all 3D printed. Bags, shoes, perfumes, and small objects: so many testimonies of the Dior style materialized to elaborate this Diorama.