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 ...
... to me since the channel it was on in Brussels was not included in my cable.
Today, I just took a walk around the city to the Grand Place and Manneken Pis. Both are only about 15 minutes from my apartment, and the walk was not bad. It is unseasonably cold in Brussels, but about the same as Chicago was. Taking the walk was much needed, as it helped me feel a little more comfortable in the city, as I was a little hesitant to do ...
... true Belgium beer. Also, got a Bagette and then the search was on for the supermarket for some cheese and pate' now this was fun - we finally found the shop, and this was a new experience - always look in the supermarket when visiting a new country - it is fun!!!!! lots of different foods, packaging etc. lots of ready to eat meals in this area - students etc I guess. So now we are lugging groceries!! Soon time ...
... lots of odd modern architecture. Managed to find ourselves a little smoky bar with a pool table, weird men at the bar and some fantastically bad jukebox blasting out gems such as 'Jodel Jump' which must be tracked down. More of this tonight no doubt - it transpires that on holiday in the absence of the '6pm movie' a 90 minute pool session is a great substitute.
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