Partnership Radisson Blu Hotel New World
“Shanghai is not like the rest of China.”
With its beautiful historical remains, its identity is elsewhere. Shanghai has never been turned to the past: it looks to the future. For millions of Chinese, more than just a city, it means change, opportunity and sophistication. That's what attracted me during this exploration with my sidekick @ssnnas.
For this occasion we had the chance to be welcomed by the Radisson Blu hotel chain "New World".
"Follow us through our photos of Shanghai to prepare for your exploration of the city and make the most of your travel experience."
Partnership Radisson Blu Hotel
Some experiences can not be explained ... you must live them!
I recently had the chance to team up with the Radisson Blu hotel chain.
The project will show another vision of Chicago, through our cameras. Accompanied by my Brussels partner Sebastien Nagy (@ssnnas), we were able to explore the third largest citadel in the United States.
Welcome to Singapore!
Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore attracts attention. With futuristic buildings, a botanical garden, temples and mouth-watering street food, I had to discover this city. Especially for its ambitious architecture.
“Stop and hit the bong like Cheech and Chong and sell tapes from here to Hong Kong.”
Hong Kong has something of a London feel but with a New York frame. Within its buildings of phenomenal proportion resides the ancient architecture from its colonial past. This melting pot combine with its prosperity is what brought me to the Pearl of the Orient with my belgian partner @ssnnas.
Additionally, the trip allowed us to visit the Las Vegas of Orient, Macau. Mostly known for its casinos, this former Portuguese colony has way more to offer than its gambling allure. Quite different from Hong Kong, the 5 centuries heritage of the island combines the Chinese culture with an English touch on one side & a Portuguese one on the other.
“Please, one at a time, I wanna move to Dubai so I don't never have to kick it with none of you guys.”
Figure of the new Arab dream with its larger than life shopping malls & futuristic buildings arising from the desert, Dubai represents an island of modernity in the heart of the Arabic peninsula. I was pleasantly surprised by the modern architecture, specially the Burj Khalifa, coming out of this city, which a few decades ago was nothing more than a giant sand box. The Arabian desert surrounding the capital makes it even more impressive. For that matter, the safari tour is a must do for all lovers of landscapes; you’ll definitely fall in love again.
“And you say Chi city! Chi city! Chi city! I’m coming home again.”
Chicago is the third largest city in Uncle Sam’s backyard & the capital of modern day architecture. The city offers a variety of buildings including Willis Tower, the tallest skyscraper in America. There are a lot of things you shouldn’t miss when visiting Barack Obama’s hometown & Navy Pier is one of them, specially during nighttime, the view is spectacular.
“To live and die in L.A., it’s the place to be.”
Los Angeles is the eponym of the American dream with Hollywood serving as the driving motor of a cultural giant who needs no introduction. They say it never rains in southern California & that makes it even harder to not fall for that west coast love.
“Happy as the freedom of Yosemite National Park.”
In 1984, Yosemite Park was designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site & we quickly can understand why. Widely recognized for its biodiversity which is home to granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains & glaciers, the park is prone for breathtaking panoramas & lovers of nature.
Montreal holds a special place in my heart. My numerous stops in the city reminded me that sweetness of life is cultivated. With its layback vibe & warm people, no need to walk countless hours through the concrete jungle to discover the gems the city has to offer. From the top of the Mount-Royal to the Old-Port, passing by the Latin Quarter & finishing on The Main for the nightlife, Real City’s always been real to me.
“I was running through the ‘6 with my wolves.”
Toronto is hard to avoid when you visit the east side of Canada. Definitely the elephant in the room when it comes to cities in Canada, the character of Toronto had long been defined by the diversity of its population. With nothing to envy from major American cities, the dot also has the privilege to be close to Niagara Falls; an hour & half drive to enjoy this incredible wonder of nature.
“I love her and I hate to leave her lonely. Ring ring went the iPhone, it was my homie. He said, let's hit Japan if we can make 'em jam, we can make a hundred grand.”
Fascinating is the first word that comes to mind when speaking of Japan. The photography I did in the country speaks for itself; the people are incredibly respectful, a silent workforce who thrives through hard work & dedication. The land of the rising sun is filled with wonderful landscapes & to that effect, you might want to visit the islands of Honshu & Shikoku, the stop would be worth your while.
“Nowadays all of my shows sold out, headline tour, yeah blud, sold out. When we roll in, they roll out I'm so London, I'm so south.”
Originally nicknamed The Big Smoke, London’s influence undeniably comes from its migrant workforce but the old Britain soul remains. Their famous black taxis are still roaming the streets, their imperial red buses are still touring & their emblematic old buildings are still standing. I’m thinking of Westminster, Tower Bridge & London Eye just to name a few. For a photographer, London is like candy land, there are so many things to capture & it’s that effervescence that brought me back multiple times.
Truth be told, Sweden relatively has good taste when it comes to their gastronomy & architecture. Ever since Stockholm was designated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, I knew I had to visit the place. I quickly understood the importance of arts in the city; we’re speaking of 110 kilometers of artworks covering walls of the underground network that goes through the Swedish capital.