Mercure Antwerpen Centrum Opera
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... a forests throughout the country, the closeness of the towns to one another and crazy speeds that they drive on the autobahns.
The station at Liege was another modern masterpiece. Huge arches and lots of glass. The trains in Belgium offer a slightly better view of the countryside and being in a slower train, one was able to get a better view of the scenery. Arrived in Antwerp at about 3.30pm and yet another stunning railway station but this time ...
... time lunch came around, I found myself going into an Italian joint thinking I was craving some pizza. After looking at the menu, I changed my mind and instead went for a nice steak. With regret, I spoke to the (Chilean) waiter, who spoke to me in Spanish, telling him that I had changed my mind and had craved something else. When he learned of my craving for steak, he suggested a place across the way called, ...
... we cycled through an old brickworks..see picture.. Luckily, there was a bridge not too far away, which allowed us to pick up the route without too many problems. It was very quiet today as we learned it was some kind of holiday. This meant not much open and also not even much bike traffic. Maya's friends from Malawi who live in Antwerp are away for the long weekend, so we were unable to connect. Anyway, back to the route along the canal. We went through the town of ...
... square, we felt we had seen a lot. Another part of it was the fact that nearly all of the large historic buildings were surrounded by scaffolding or cranes or other construction debris. I saw dumpsters and the like by the castle as we passed by. To me, although I am sure this is necessary, it somehow spoils the authenticity of the sight, and certainly detracts from the aesthetic appeal. So I decided that I was content with what we had already seen, and ...
... to a bar called Zommerbar which is a special area that they only open in summer. It is so cool - it's this huge area with tree-houses and hammocks and playgrounds, all made out of trees. Surrounding the tree-houses and hammocks is bars and little cafes, where we got some lunch. There is also an outdoor library and a beach (without water though!!!). This was really fun to relax here for an hour or so, and play on the playground with Kai and Izzy. Then we ...
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