Park Inn by Radisson Antwerpen
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So, today was our day trip to Antwerp. We were picked up again near the Grand Place and headed out for a short trip.
The first stop was a Museum by the river. The highlight of going to the museum was to go to the roof for a wonderful view of the city. While the view was great, the way up was the most amazing part. There were pictures and a story that talked all about the ...
... donated outfits for the statue to be dressed in and today he was dressed as Garfield, the comic strip cat. It was actually really tacky and touristy.
Also in the area of the Grand Place is the arcaded Galeries St-Hubert. An elegant 19th century style shopping concourse. At the end of this was a stretch as far as you could see of small restaurants with outside tables who were all tring to get you to stop and try their specialty, which in Belgium tends to mostly ...
Looking at our schedule today, it will be a combination of bike riding (19 miles) in the morning through the Kreeknak locks, and arriving in Kreeknak around noon. We will then have lunch aboard the barge, while sailing to Antwerp. After we arrive in Antwerp, we will have a tour of the city. Antwerp is a municipality in Belgium with a population of a little over 500,000. In the Second World War the Germans tried to destroy the Port of Antwerp. The city was hit by more ...
... mass. Belgians speak either Dutch or French, and the Dutch was so confusing to me. It's just similar enough to German to be vaguely familiar and I can manage reading a bit. Hearing it spoken also is okay but it looks and sounds just a tad bit barbaric. But after mass, we had a snowball fight and built a snowman in front of the cathedral in a small park. I was wounded by a large wooden longhorn when I slipped in the snow, but ...
... station, I came across rows of diamond stores. I guess it really was true - that this was, indeed, the diamond capital of the world. The layout of the city was exactly what I had hoped for and expected. Just outside the central station is the center of the city. You walk along one main street, lined with shops, diamond stores, restaurants, and cafes. The first few hundred meters outside of the station ...