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Travel Blogs from Antwerp
Leaving Brussels today. But to be fair, I'm not going very far. I'm going 45 minutes on the train to a city called Antwerp. Back in August last year I met a lovely couple from Belgium while I was camping in Dingle, and today I was catching up with them! So I went to Antwerp, and after I'd gotten help off three people to understand the locker system, I had a long awaited reunion with Klare and Vincent. We walked ...
... to Manneken Pis - the famous ******* statue of the young boy. It was smaller then what we expected but very crowded, it's was at a corner of a street and draws thousands. En route we went to at least 2 chocolate shops to buy handmade local chocolates - all of them were excellent. Then we came back to the suare and there is this Balkan Art festival on - very lively atmosphere with people doing fol dances along with the public in the ...
... this guy Sam (also from Boston and in our room) showed us!! We decided to get spaghetti!! So good!! Of course right before our food came we had to go get the laundry and take it back to the hostel and run back to dinner. Christine and i apparently the laundry *****es ;) go and pull our clothes out of the dryer....hottest dryer EVER!! Our clothes were too hot to touch!! I've never experienced my clothes being this damn hot ...
... our bags are already near maximum for the flight to Milan [and our waistlines didn't need tempting at this stage of the journey.]
The city is typical of many of its European and Middle Eastern counterparts in that like shops/ trades tend to be grouped together. Hence, you have the fashion district, arts/crafts district, Antiques, and so on. Good for the purchaser in getting competition and assists with locating ...
... catch the bus back to the airport to take a plane to Santander to get on another bus back to Bilbao. Basically ridiculousness. Still thrilled I went (mainly for Bruges :) )
did i mention the waiter was awesome and told me it was his picture on the beer glass?
also got harassed for a good ten minutes on the streets of Brussels. Managed to duck into a really upscale cafe in an even more upscale hotel. Watched them physically throw the guy out.
Other places to stay in Antwerp
Tolstraat 26, Antwerp | Hotelfrom $66