Antwerp Travel Blog

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Antwerp was such a vibrant city, it is a mix between old and new - on the one hand, there are the shopping malls and the gritty feel of a modern city to it. Walking beyond the city centre, you get to the cobbled streets and squares near the river that have a more villagey feel to them. Unfortunately (or fortunately!), we were there over Easter and most shops were closed and the city seemed a lot quieter than it should be. However, there were plenty of bars and beer to be had, and great waffles at Cafe des Artes on the main shopping drag - the Brussels-style slagroom is excellent! Walking by the river is lovely, and there is a pretty castle with a statue of Antigone, the giant that terrorised Antwerp - very comical. I thought at first it was Gulliver, then realised from the nasty expression on the giant's face that this was not so. The Grote Markt holds a statue in commemoration to the boy who chopped off Antigone's hand and saved Antwerp - sort of disturbing as it looks like the boy is about to hurl a giant hand at someone. Overall, really enjoyed Antwerp and it's different moods, a city of contrasts, but a fun one at that.
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