Hotel Residentie Elzenveld
Travel Blogs from Antwerp
... Arriving in Amsterdam we found some Brits sharing our room and put all our tourist spirit together to hit the town. The red-light district simply lights up the streets glowingly at night. Amsterdam was filled with more shopping (thank you Abercrombie and Fitch for the eye-candy) and sight-seeing; the iAmsterdam sign, canals, hole in the wall food, and the amazing thrift-stores. Always a fun time.
... t really know where anything was. We had a rather expensive dinner at the hotel, the only good things on the menu were a 15 Euro Burger, or an 18 Euro duck and noodles. This Mari found out to her surprise was her anniversary dinner, Anthony had organised with her parents to take her out somewhere nice and buy her flowers, it was just unfortunate that things were so difficult to find in those towns. They could not find any flowers, but it was still a nice experience for ...
... beautiful! We chose a restaurant nearby, right off the Grand Place and it was WONDERFUL! We ordered mussels (duh, mussels in Brussels!) as well as another "traditional" Belgian meal - meatballs with red sauce. Both were VERY good! We ate every bite!
We also (at the advice of Amy & Jacob Bracken) ordered a beer called Delirium Tremens.
I am not kidding you when I say that when we both took our first sips, we gasped and said "WHOA!" It is ...
... you don't get wait staff subtly rushing you out the door as soon as you've finished your coffee or watching you like a hawk when you eat. With the exception of incredibly busy places, they're happy to let you enjoy just being in a cafe. Maybe it's because they understand how hard it is to go back out into the cold when you've just had a nice warm meal inside.
After lunch, we checked into our hostel. We had a private room in this one but a shared bathroom. ...
... br> is incredible. The mountains, the old farm houses that are easily
over 100 years old, makes you wonder what kind of story they could
tell. You get a real sense of history in Europe, and we haven't even
made it to some of the more historic sites. Back home, if I was
faced with taking a train ride that leaves at 10:30 in the morning,
and gets to your destination at 9:35 at night, I more than likely
would've passed, but here ...