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Sep 27, 2019 - Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is on a main river and is linked to the North Sea by an estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe. The city is also known for its diamond industry and trade. The city dates from the Middle Ages. According to folklore, the city got its name from a legend about a giant called Antigoon who lived near the river. He wouldn't let anyone pass unless they allowed him to cut off their hand, which he then threw into the river. Eventually, the giant was killed by a young hero named Brabo, who...

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Jun 28, 2017 - Trip's end in Antwerp

The morning was routine to start, largely packed by the time of 0700 brekkie. Made the mistake of sitting near the sisters since the Sergeant Major came along and sat with the girls, then BB and finally MAD; great. As soon as the Sergeant Major sat down, the air was sucked out of all conversation; with the arrival of BB, the food disappeared! Off at 0830 for the Brugge-Central train station. Chatted on the platform with Stan about WHS's. It was just one train today for the final group haul, from 0926 to 1054.There was one bit of hilarity....

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Jun 11, 2017 - Antwerp, Belgium

Sunday & Monday The Sunday ride was quite a challenge! Not the distance but the speed made it a very long day. It was quite hot, and because it was slow going, it meant we were riding through the hottest part of the day. Our guide (quite a character!) is quite adamant that we all stay together so the speed is as fast as our slowest rider, which is quite slow, and a bit frustrating for Lisle, but it is about the journey! One would think that a slow ride is better, but it is very hard to get a rhythm going, and it means that you are actually...

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May 6, 2016 - Architecture of Antwerp

Antwerp, Belgium Antwerp is renowned as the diamond capital of the world. Our hotel is in the Diamond District, right next to Central Station. Side note: Antwerp trades in 80% of the world’s unpolished diamonds. With a population of 510,610, Antwerp is the 2nd largest city and the biggest port in Belgium. Its metro area houses around 1,200,000 people, making it far different than our comfortably-sized village of Bruges or even small Bayeux in France. We knew we could not see it all so we set out for what we thought would be the most...

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Normandy

May 5, 2016 - Holy Blood Procession

Antwerp, Belgium Every year on Ascension Day, Bruges attracts anywhere from 60,000 to 100,000 visitors from all over the world who come to witness the Holy Blood Procession. More than 3,000 people of Bruges participate. The relic of the Holy Blood is carried through the medieval streets of town. Half the parade represents scenes from the old and New Testament. The second part of the procession is devoted to the relic of the blood of Jesus brought to Bruges by Derrick of Alsace, Count of Flanders after the 2nd crusade in 1150. The oldest...

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Sep 1, 2015 - Antwerp visit

Having alighted from the slow train from Amsterdam airport station we took the opportunity to take a city bus tour around the city as I had never done so on any of my earlier trips. We were most impressed with the guide in the Tourist Bureau in the train station and I was amused to recall an earlier experience with a similar office in Brussels Grand Place where the guide totally lacked rapport skills and emotional intelligence,

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Aug 14, 2015 - Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders, the northern Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, and one of its busiest ports. Its claim to fame is its most famous son, the artist Pieter Paul Rubens, and is one of the most important diamond centers of the world. HILTON ANTWERP The Hilton Antwerp is located right in the center of Old Town and on Groenplatz Square. Photos 1-8 Royal Sinjoor Presidential Suite Photos 9-13 GROENPLATZ SQUARE A statue of Rubens is on the square facing the Hilton Antwerp. Photo 14 Cathedral of Our Lady took nearly two...

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Oct 9, 2013 - Exploring Antwerp and Beyond

Spent three days exploring Antwerp, Belgium. It has a population of nearly 500,000 but it seemed much smaller as we could easily walk across the entire city center and bicycle around the city using bike paths. Our campground was about two miles from the city center on the other side of the river. To get across the river there was a very long pedestrian and bicycle tunnel that went under the water. The tunnel was built in 1930 and was considered quite an engineering accomplishment. To reach the tunnel we had to take either an elevator that...

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Apr 18, 2013 - Antwerp, a beautiful city and a beautiful day

We were up for breakfast this morning and set off for a walking tour of Antwerp. The guide was very good and took us to Antwerp Castle on a "hill" beside the ship - it may have been a couple of metres up from the dock, but I think anywhere that requires two steps or more qualifies as a hill in these parts! We saw the Guild Hall of the Butchers which is a vast fortress-like building with layers of bricks and limestone earning it the nickname of the "bacon house". We were shown an merchants house and contrasted it with a working family's...

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Apr 18, 2013 - Antwerp - the city of squares!

Today we visited the centre of Antwerp. What we discovered was a city of squares. Antwerp is Belgium’s second largest city and you can tell it size by the number of major roads around the city with an awful lot of traffic. The city sits on the on the River Scheldt but unlike Bruges and Ghent did not benefit from the cloth trade as it was too far east and was to far west to benefit from the German/Holland trade routes. The city only gained prosperity when the French arrived in 1797 who rebuilt the docks and opened the Scheldt to shipping....

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Apr 17, 2013 - Move to Antwerp

Today we moved base to Antwerp, Belgium. The journey was fine until we got into Antwerp. We were coming along and looking for our road off the A12. There was no warning sign for our road which we expected and suddenly we found it going off to our left and we were too late to get over. We then had an interesting ride around Antwerp and eventually we got to the road we needed. Our base for Antwerp was to be our first Stellplatz. These are specifically for motorhomes and are very common in Germany. They only have basic services, Require no...

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Apr 16, 2013 - Antwerp, Belgium

In the 16th century, after Brugge lost its harbor due to the silting of the river, Antwerp became the richest city in Europe and the most important financial center in the world. Traders from all over Europe and Asia came to conduct business, and the number of its foreign residents made it a cosmopolitan mecca. After the Spanish seized the city in 1585, its role as a financial center was taken over by Amsterdam. The city surged again beginning in the late 19th century to become Belgium's most important seaport and is today the second...

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