Sir Plantin Hotel Antwerp
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... several little coffee shops all joined
together. People were milling around
drinking coffee and beer!
To board our flight for Munich,
we were taken by bus into the middle of the runway - giving way to Jumbos and
other air craft, as you do, to reach our plane.
It was rather cold (-50 C) given that we didn't have any
coats on but once on the aircraft it was okay.
We ended up with a window seat, which in one way ...
... wanting to ask us questions about the fountain; they were from a university and their project was to ask tourists what they think of Mannikin Pis, as he had been voted by the Belgium people as the most 'overrated tourist attraction in all of Europe'. Rhys was put on the spot and with the camera rolling stumbled through his thoughts, it was quite funny to watch and I was happy not to be the one on camera.
The guys thanked us then pointed us in ...
... last full day at sea. It is good to have a mobile signal and salutations have been passed to the appropriate shoresiders!
Now it is bed time!
Approaching Antwerp Sunday 15th April 2012
Woke up this morning and looked out of the window at land – with buildings and ordinary things like that. Quite different to the normal fare of sea, sea and a bit more sea!
We came through a lock to get into this part of the port ...
... the years rather than everything you see there being very old. We walked to the main Market square that contains the icon of the city, the amazing (even in the fog!) Belfry, it was from this location that Colin Farrell's friend was pushed out of the top of it to his demise in the 2008 film 'In Bruges'. As with a lot of the squares we'd seen recently it was swamped with places trying to get tourists to eat and drink... After a tour of the square we headed to the ...
... four different dipping sauces to share. I have an obsession with dipping sauces so I loved that part. After lunch, Sarah had to take a train back to college so we had to say goodbye. She goes to Kent in England though so she's going to try and meet up with us for a day when we're in London. Meanwhile, Raphael took us around the city center of Brussels. We saw the Grand Place, which is the main square housing the King's Palace, the town hall and ...