Jurgen and I had grandiose cycling plans for last weekend: taking the train to Antwerp and biking back or even biking there both ways. Me catching a cold for the third time this school year put and end to the biking aspect of the project, but we went through with the rest of it, and it turned out to be a lovely idea! The sun was shining, Katia, a local friend, showed us around (partly in Danish!), there was so much to discover: small fashion and furniture shops, beautiful views, very interesting museums... Have a look!
Enjoying the sun on the top of MAS - Museum aan de Stroom.
Laying a puzzle and getting inspired pedagogically and yes... my underwear is showing...
Katia, our guide, explaining everything about the MAS - in Danish!
When you've admired my new shorter hair, take a look at the waved glass behind me: the original architecture of the façade of the MAS.
Exploring the fabulous little streets around the Schouwburg.
Who had the idea of building this house next to that house???
A tunnel for walkers and bikers under the river Schelde. A tip to the town of Antwerp: decorate the walls!
Sunday: a visit at the Plantin-Moretus museum. The house of a successful book editor and printer in the 16th and 17th centuries. Lovely architecture, who looks like a luxury version of beguinhof in Leuven.
This royal-looking lion may represent the end of our day: we went to the Red Star Line Museum about the America-emigrants who passed via the port of Antwerp to fulfill their dreams "over there". A very touching museum whose theme is now very up to date in these days of huge emigration. As we were enjoying some coffee in the museum café after all the strong impressions of the museum and were about to leave we realized that the table behind was held by king Philippe and queen Mathilde and their children.