going to Antwerp
Antwerp Travel Blog› entry 18 of 83 › view all entries
June 13th, 2007 – by: Horus380
After breakfast I decided it was about
time I went and got a new suitcase, I
had been wanting one since Speyer 7
days earlier but had not time to find
one. I caught the dreaded bus again
(all on the same ticket as they never
checked it) and started looking around
town. It took me ages to find a store
selling luggage but when I did I knew
I wasn't leaving without one. I didn’t
look at any prices and just went in
looking for something practical that
would be ok for 2 more months on the road. I ended up with a really cool bag
that easily fitted all my stuff and my previous bag inside it (going to give
it to Suzie). After I made my choice I then looked at the price, it ended up
being one of their most expensive pieces and cost me 205 Euros ($330 AUD).
This was definitely worth it as it has
wheels and a handle so no more carrying
18kg around, YAY!
When I got back to my hotel I threw all
my stuff in my new bag and then got
directions to the main train station
in Brussels.It required that I take a
nearby tram to the city and from there
walk to the station (thankfully I had
my new suitcase as carrying 18kg sucks).
I managed to get a train to Antwerp
without to much trouble and I met Joris
at the station. Joris had intended on
showing meAntwerp at a really fast pace
but he had a nasty bike accident the week before and was basically buggered.
He’s got a hairline fracture in his knee, but didn’t stop him from walking
as fast as me and showing me his favorite areas of Antwerp. I got to see
the diamond district, main town center, the harbour and even went inside
a museum that is in an old castle by the river. The stuff inside the museum
wasn’t that interesting but the castle was cool so that made up for it.
After some more walking we had some frites and I also had a beef croquette
(I love them, typical dutch/Flemish food that we sometimes eat at home).
After another drink at a nice café we called it day as Joris was in a lot
of pain and I was buggered, it was very nice having someone show me around
the city. The plan for tomorrow is to go to the diamond museum and then
into the underground sewers of the city looking at the old part of Antwerp
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