Let me start by saying it has been such a wonderful trip. Never did I realise that Belgium had so many hidden treasures right in front of me. I have been a couple times to Antwerpen but I've always seen the city differently. Now that we were there together it felt like I was a tourist in my own country. Allow me now to share with you some stories from our trip.
We left with the train from Leuven. Because as you might know, we stayed there for Rock Werchter 2016. You can read about that in our previous letters here . But before we went there we decided to visit Antwerpen first. On our arrival there is a wonderful train station that could come straight from a Harry Potter film. You will definitely find everything inside even, from medicine store to little newspaper shops up to drinks and food stands.
Right next to it is the ZOO Antwerpen. That is one thing we skipped for the main reason that we are not fans of animals locked up in cages as amusement for the people. But if you are there and you like it then you should really go. It's the biggest in Belgium and I've been there before already as a kid. But let's talk about what we really did, we took the tram and came out in an area a couple streets from the center of the city. Over the buildings we could see what looked like a church. So we went closer and came out at the Saint Carolus Borromeus Church. It's a beautiful place to go and see if you are religious or not. The building itself is really admirable so while in Antwerp maybe pass by to take a gaze upon it.
And so we went on to the city of course, while walking further we came out on what must be the biggest Cathedral of Antwerpen, Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp. Although the building is breathtaking and so beautiful, it has a down side too. For you to be able to see everything inside of what I can only describe as a building of free believe, you must pay an entrance fee of 6 Euros. For us this is something we don't support so we decided not to pay and just admire the exterior and the museum shop before moving on to the city.
We walked more into the streets filled with dining places. We decided to sit outside at a table and had some good food. Although I can't seem to remember the name of the place we ate at, but I tell you they serve great food!
Eventually, we came out on the City hall. You can't miss it, because it has 28 flags on the front and looks wonderful. We sat down and took the moment in for a minute and decided to continue our exploration in Antwerpen.
Not much further we walked right onto De Meir, it's known as one of the biggest shopping streets in Belgium. It's crowded but you will find here every shop and brand that you might think of. So for all the shopping fans this area is a must go!
In a rather small street in comparison to the one we were on, we found The Rubens House. Let me say I didn't know anything about it, just the name. I'm so glad Eena suggested that we go in to discover the place.
Its ambiance is truly beautiful, inside you get to walk trough all of the chambers and look at the artworks. But that's not all, you can even go to the garden that will make you admire the peacefulness and sanctity of the artist’s place even more. For such a big artist there is a very small amount of people in there, giving you the chance to really enjoy the moment. This was for me the most unexpected place of all, but I loved every bit of it and would go again next time I'm there.
After that we just made our way through the shopping street back and ended our journey back where it started at the wonderful central train station in Antwerpen and I truly hope more people will discover and appreciate this amazing city of Belgium.