Antwerpen, Belgium

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Antwerpen train station
The first time I visited this lovely city was almost a decade ago, May '99.
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.
Eventually, the giant was slain by a young hero named Brabo, who cut off the giant's own hand and flung it into the river. Hence the name Antwerpen, from Dutch hand werpen—akin to Old English hand and wearpan (= to throw), that has changed to today's warp.

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.
KeikoCreative says:
That's great;) Is really nice to go on holiday:)
Posted on: Dec 07, 2009
KeikoCreative says:
Over here in Europe is really beautiful, wish u could be here some day;) Will really be nice to meet u in person;)
Posted on: Dec 07, 2009
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Antwerpen train station
Antwerpen train station
Antwerpen harbour
Antwerpen harbour
Antwerpen harbour
Antwerpen harbour
Antwerpen harbour
Antwerpen harbour
There is the sail event going on a…
There is the sail event going on …
Statue of Brabo and the giants ha…
Statue of Brabo and the giant's h…
Statue of Brabo and the giants ha…
Statue of Brabo and the giant's h…
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Daytrip in summer 2008
Daytrip in summer 2008
Departmental store promotion going…
Departmental store promotion goin…
Newly setup shopping mall.
Newly setup shopping mall.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Summer street performance.
Street musician with a portable pa…
Street musician with a portable p…
Beautiful park in the city central.
Beautiful park in the city central.
Interesting design
Interesting design
Grocery from the wall!
Grocery from the wall!
Grocery from the wall!
Grocery from the wall!
Grocery from the wall!
Grocery from the wall!
Grocery from the wall!
Grocery from the wall!
Grocery from the wall!
Grocery from the wall!
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
Antwerpen central station
They serve nice burger:P
They serve nice burger:P
Antwerp
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