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September 19th, 2008 – by: KeikoCreative
I knew very little about Antwerpen, all I knew was Belgium is famous for the pralines(chocolate with cream base filling blended with liqueur).
After visiting Antwerpen, I discovered they got more than just praline alone, others famous culinary include, Belgian waffles, mussels, fries, pea soup, etc...
My dutch friends Peter & his wife Wilma, Kurt & his wife Kitty, brought me around to see this lovely city.
We went to the Maritime musuem that is located at the harbour.
When I looked at that part where how a huge boat was being built, reminds me of Noah from the Bible.
Is really amazing how the small pieces of wood can create such a huge floating boat on the water:))
We had lunch in an Italian restaurant, I can't recalled the name of the restaurant, but I remembered the food was so delicious, that I enjoyed very much.
Antwerpen is very close by to Holland, from my place is just 1.5hour ride on the train, that is why we often go to Antwerpen for daytrip.
Also an ideal place to bring my friends for sightseeing & shopping when they come to Holland for holiday.
Couple of years back, my friend Christina and her husband Martin came to visit me in Holland, my husband and I brought the lovely couple to Antwerpen for a daytrip. Glad they have a wonderful time.
Interesting story of how Antwerpen's name origin:
According to folklore, and as celebrated by the statue in front of the town hall, the city got its name from a legend involving a mythical giant called Antigoon who lived near the river Scheldt. He exacted a toll from those crossing the river, and for those who refused, he severed one of their hands and threw it into the river Scheldt.
In favour of this folk etymology is the fact that hand-cutting was indeed practised in Europe, the right hand of a man who died without issue being cut off and sent to the feudal lord as proof of main-morte. However, John Lothrop Motley argues that Antwerp's name derives from an 't werf (on the wharf). Aan 't werp (at the warp) is also possible. This 'warp' (thrown ground) would be a man made hill, just high enough to remain dry at high tide, whereupon a farm would be built. An other word for werp is pol (hence polders).
The most prevailing theory is that the name originated in the Gallo-Roman period and comes from the Latin antverpia. Antverpia would come from Ante (against) Verpia (deposition, sedimentation), indicating land that forms by deposition in the inside curve of a river. Note that the river Scheldt, before a transition period between 600 to 750, followed a different track. This must have coincided roughly with the current ringway south of the city, situating the city within a former curve of the river.
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