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Hidden gems

Sometimes when travelling, there is nothing better than stumbling across something completely unexpected, which makes you go “wow!” and caps off a an already lovely day in a beautiful place. We had one such experience whilst traveling in Luxembourg recently. This was the discovery of a young Luxembourgish artist’s work on show in a small and fantastic art gallery (with one of the most friendly gallery owners I have ever come across, who spoke with such unpretentious vivaciousness about his artists).

The paintings, by Roland Quetsch, were bright and exciting, full of texture, bold movement, drips and layers (sure, not everyone’s cup of tea, but we sure liked them a lot). They put smiles on both our faces and we wished we could take one home with us.

But perhaps even more of a surprise was discovering them in a hidden part of the gallery, below street level, which revealed itself to us as one of the coolest places we have ever viewed art.

I’m talking exposed limestone bricks, pillars, cellar style ceilings, and that slightly damp, underground smell in the air, and cave-like atmospheric lighting…

What was even better, was that we had the place to ourselves; we could hardly believe our luck, our own private gallery showing, underground, in Luxembourg. It doesn’t get much better than that for a random travel experience if you are into art and architecture as much as we are!

Unexpected discoveries are often what makes travel so exciting and energising. So, what’s your favourite hidden gem experience from your travels?


Photos taken by CIA and PJD at the Galerie Bernard Ceysson in Luxembourg. Roland Quetsch was on show there from 08 March – 05 May 2012.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. “Wow” is the perfect description for this place AND the art! Love it!

    June 4, 2012
    • Yes, I agree, “wow” is a great reaction! Glad you loved seeing it! Do you have any similar hidden gem experiences from traveling – including art, or not? Would love to hear!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting – looking forward to checking out your blog too!

      June 8, 2012
      • There is this natural cave on the beach in Costa Rica… It seemed hidden to me, because we walked through jungle and beaches for ages before getting to it… It was absolutely worth it though!

        June 19, 2012

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