antwerp, belgium
Leave a Comment

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less

This charming port city is truly a hidden gem in Europe.  When visiting Belgium, many people choose Bruges (a medieval tourist destination) or Brussels (the capital and headquarters of the European Union).  Off the beaten track is Antwerp; it possesses the perfect combination of fairy-tale beauty and gritty urban charm, and offers visitors a rare glimpse into the golden age of Belgium.  All this, plus the corner stores sell world-class beer at a fraction of the price you would pay in the states at a specialty shop.  Boon Oude Gueze Mariage Parfait for €2?  I’m sold!

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

The Grote Markt, or main square, is a beautiful example of the city’s rich cultual heritage.

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

^^^The Flemish baroque master painter Peter Paul Rubens called Antwerp home during the golden age in Belgium, and his influence is everywhere.

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Now a museum, the Rubenshuis is the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens.

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

^^^It’s like a 16th century version of MTV Cribs!

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

^^^Little known fact: Antwerp is also home to the sassiest statue in Europe!

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

^^^A few geuzes that we bought from a small grocery store in our neighborhood… each of these bottles are rare if not impossible to find in the US, and we bought all five for less than €10.  Whoa, is that the Duchesse?  And Mariage Parfait?!

Antwerp in 100 Words or Less | The Alternative Atlas

Thank you Antwerp!  I can’t wait to visit again… long live love!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s