Antwerp City Center Hotel
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... the extension and in the style of the day, many works which have his name on them were actually collaborations with a number of his junior [albeit very talented] artists. [Sir} Anthony Van Dyk, the renowned portrait painter was Rubens' chief assistant in the early 1600s.
... on was full, so if I left it for the next day I may have had a lot of trouble getting out. The direct one would have cost me 30€ to reserve a seat, so I settled for a few connections, a total of three: Antwerp to Kortrijk, Kortrijk to Lille Flanders, a short walk to Lille Europe, and from there to Paris.
Got back to the hostel, sat on the roof terrace, played a bit of guitar, eventually being joined ...
A varied day of activities – some touristic, some not. All involving the taking of photos along the way and hopping on and off metro trains.
First up was a visit to the European Parliament visitor centre. And this hub of European democracy didn't fail to deliver. Before I even found the visitor centre, I got to see a real live protest. Not an organised march, with forewarned police keeping things in check. No. This was ...
... softened and are as comfortable as an old pair of slippers.
Judgemental footwear on, I led us on an Art Nouveau walking tour of Brussels as indicated on our map by a pink line and an occasional marker but with no actual explanation. We managed to spot the points of interest, at one stage even inadvertently found ourselves sitting in one during a mid-tour coffee stop, and guessed at what they might be. At any rate, it was better than the Art Not-veau tour ...
Kat had found a chocolate demonstration the day before and we booked into it. We
were given a bit of an overview on how chocolate is made, where the
beans come from and so on. We were given a hot chocolate to die for then
he needed a volunteer to help make some pralines.
Now I am not sure how well you all know my lovely lady, but she
loves to be front and centre and as soon as the chef asked for a ...