September 2015 - January 2016
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  • Day10

    Venlo

    October 5, 2015 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    No pictures because my camera was stolen the night before.

  • Day22

    Antwerp Central Train Station

    October 17, 2015 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Antwerp has quite the train station. It means the business and looks the part. Located about a mile from the city centre, it stands dominant above it's surroundings. If you are looking for a small, local train to take you into the Belgium provinces, this is the wrong station for you. The trains from 'Antwerpen Central' run to Paris, Brussels, Rotterdam and Amsterdam; the announcements are in French, Dutch, English and German - this place is grand and important.Read more

  • Day22

    Antwerp Grote Markt

    October 17, 2015 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Antwerp, the largest city in Flanders, is nice on an Autumn afternoon. It's 1.2 million inhabitants are known, not as 'Antwepers', but as 'Senors' after the Spanish rule of the low countries. It's a large port, the third largest in Europe, and back in the 15 century was the largest. I read on a sign that, in GDP terms, the port of Antwerp was worth more to the Spanish crown than the entire of the Americas. If you were to judge the former wealth and importance of the city from the architecture of its many market squares, you'd have to conclude that the sign is probably not over stating things.

    Belgium -- Flanders particularly -- really does feel tectonic. It's a dollop of Holland, a dollop of France, a sprinkling of Germany and a dash of Britain - a real cultural crossroads. It's a wealthy place, but does have a slight air of dysfunction. It has a sort of Italian style institutionalised disorder feeling about it. But that only adds to the charm.
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