A Beautiful Day in Antwerp

After all of the rain yesterday, it couldn’t have been a more perfect day today.  The skies were blue, puffy clouds everywhere, and relatively warm.  Just between you and me, I think this will be our last day like this….. whatever!  Here are a few pictures I took again of the familiar sites but with spectacular color:

The cathedral


The cathedral


Glistening buildings on the square


Town Hall


Carriage in the square

The hotel had told us about a new museum not far from the center of the city so we decided to head out that way.  The museum is called “MAS”, Museum aan de Stroom” (Museum on the River).  The museum was great and a real architectural wonder.  It just opened last year and is a 9 story dedication to the city of Antwerp and other international cultures.  The museum has escalators that take you to the very top for some outstanding panoramic views of the city.  In addition, each level of the museum has a theme of displays including the history of the city, foreign cultures and some very unusual displays around life and death.  The building itself is incredible.


View of the museum


Entrance to the museum


Museum aan de Stroom


Cool view taking the escalator up


Panoramic view of the cathedral from the top of the museum




Top level of the museum


Panorama view of the old harbor


Panorama view of the Schelde River


We spent the rest of the day exploring different parts of the city and ended up back at the hotel.  We had discovered a new wine bar near the hotel and made reservations for dinner there.  When we got there at 8pm, not many people were in the bar.  We had a great evening there and ordered a flight of champagne, Spanish wine, and Iberico ham with bread and olives – it doesn’t seem like a lot but it was tasty and relatively light.


Glass of Bollinger Champagne


Iberico Pata Negra


The bar/restaurant is called Vigneto and we ended up having a glass of wine with the owner and talking to him for quite a while.  It was a great ending to our stay in Antwerp… very personal and engaging.  The Spanish wine was great and we ended with a Banyuls Grand Cru dating back to 1982 – this was a free token of the owner’s appreciation…. his name is Gino.

So…. tomorrow we’re off to Tielt (about one hour and half from here) and spending a few days with my family.  It will be great to see my cousins and other relatives over the weekend.  In addition, we’ll attend a baptism on Sunday with plenty of partying to accompany the event.  I’m not sure how much I’ll have to put on the blog but we’ll see.  Until then, good night from Antwerp…. a very friendly and beautiful city.





8 Responses

  1. Emil and Raya

    Hi Hi…my Dad and I are here catching up and enjoying your blog. My Dad is in awe thinking about all the detail and work that went into the churches. Sint Joris church was stunning. Nice to see you Rich, we were beginning to forget how you look. My Dad says don’t stay to long otherwise you won’t be able to get back into the simple life here at home:) My Dad says hello and danke for all the birthday wishes. He was not expecting that at all. Have fun with your family the next couple days. Are you missing home at all? Can’t wait to change the rotation of your clothes? See you soon.

    July 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

  2. Anonymous

    Marc & Rich, God you guys are having fun and probably putting on too much weight, but you can repent at home.

    The architecture is beautiful. I don’t know how Antwerp came through WW II, but I do know that in northern Germany (Bremen) they rebuilt the old architecture as it was originally.

    The museum on the River shows that while they may value the old architecture they aren’t bound by it.

    Great shots keep up the good work, even if you’re only getting 3 hours of sleep each night.

    Rich too will be celebrating a birthday very soon. And once again it sems with the extended family. In his case, very extended.

    July 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  3. Emil and Raya

    We missed you tonight and realized next week this fantasy vacation will end for us. We look forward every night to meet with you and experience what you did during the day. Have fun with your family…Miss you guys

    July 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

  4. Anonymous

    Hi Marc and Rich,
    I continue to really enjoy and remain in awe of the beauty and architectural delight each place has to offer. I Loved Sint Joris!!!
    Sooo appreciate your time to share your experiences and pictures as each new day unfolds. It’s a vacation of a lifetime!!
    Have fun and we’ll talk soon—(can’t wait to see what Rich’s birthday dinner will be!)

    July 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

  5. Anthony Bourdain

    I stumbled on this blog in error. You people really know where and what to eat. We need to talk. Call me when u get back in the states.

    July 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  6. Bill & Penny

    Hi Marc,

    I haven’t been following you every day, but I’ve been asking Bill about your trip. He tells me you and Rich are eating your way through France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

    I just took a look at your blog, and I love the pictures of the churches. They are gorgeous.

    Happy birthday to Rich tomorrow.



    July 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

  7. Emil and Raya

    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Rich
    Happy birthday to you…
    and many more!
    Hip hip hurrah hurrah hurrah!
    Gratis, Mabruck, Congratulations…can’t wait to see you both later today!

    July 16, 2012 at 7:50 am

  8. Anonymous

    Happy Birthday Rich!!! Hope you’re having a fantastic day and eve! Thinking of you on this special day….Mary and Dennis

    July 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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