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Travel Blogs from Antwerp
... and bacon. Being absurdly expensive, and considering I only really like peanut butter with my chocolate, decide against sampling any.
After passing through a small square and strolling down a little alleyway covered in Italian restaurants, end up in the main square, Grote Markt, dominated by the City Hall on one side and the spire of the Cathedral on the other. Aside from those two impressive complexes, the square is lined with guild houses, each with a ...
... on my French. All in all a good evening.
Today I got up and headed into town with Laurence, she works at the EU commission. I had signed up for a bike tour of the city as a way to get my bearings and see some sights. The weather was looking bleak but after the Amsterdam rains I can handle anything... I thought (more later). So there were only two other people who had signed up for the bike tour and they were no shows so I got a private bike ...
... combination of culture shock, homesickness and excitement that makes your stomach flip and your eyes tear up at the same time. When I lived in Ukraine I was younger and everything was mad and insane and, quite literally, post-revolutionary. Russia was madness to the "nth" degree, and San Gemini was laid-back and pastoral, with the day's rhythm punctuated by trips to the cafe bar and gelateria. As I peeled back the layers of Brussels, however, I ...
... in brussels but close enough). After a few strong beers and feeling more than slightly tipsy, we wandered home for an afternoon nap, waking up at 3am! FAIL.
After spending the early hours of the morning cursing letting jetlag get the better of us, the sun finally rose so we could go for one last walk around the fairytale streets of Antwerp before boarding the fast train to Amsterdam. ...
... and a pop and were ready to go the rest of the way. With full stomachs, we knew that would probably be the last time we'd be able to eat before getting back home. To my disappointment, we didn't find another Starbucks so I couldn't get my mug (the only country I'm missing now) and we decided to just stay at the bus station for 45 minutes sitting outside in the sun and playing cards until our bus came to get us.
Overall, it was another great weekend to ...
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Tolstraat 26, Antwerp | Hotelfrom $66