In my last post I wrote about my trip to Amsterdam on a mini cruise with the ladies of my family, on the second day of the trip we stopped in Antwerp. I mentioned that I did not fall in love with Amsterdam, but the city of Antwerp in Belgium stole my heart. I have been in love with Belgium since visiting Brussels and Bruges a few times over the last few years. Belgium is full of culture and kindness and most importantly, the best chocolate in the world.
We started early in Antwerp and rather that hopping onto an excursion, we took a 5 minute walk down the footpath and arrived in the main square. Antwerp is incredibly pretty and very easy to navigate around as it is much smaller than our first stop in Dam. Grote Market is the main centre filled with souvenir shops, chocolate shops and plenty of cafes. For a more architecual lover, you’ll also find the Steen Castle, Cathedral of our Lady and the Town Hall. The buildings are beautiful and fascinating to look at. Also in the centre, you’ll find a large water fountain in the middle of the square which is often host to the popular Antwerp Christmas Market.
I am a sucker for a souvenir shop so we spent plenty of time exploring what was on offer. The novelty items such as shot glasses and ornaments were fairly priced and great to keep as a memory of the trip. My mum also picked up a cute clock from a little quirky shop which makes a ‘baa’ sound on the hour.
We only spent a couple of hours exploring Antwerp but I am completely in love with the small city and I hope to visit again soon to explore it in more depth. I imagine it could be incredibly beautiful at Christmas for the market, or the perfect spot for an evening coffee in the sunshine. After that, we headed back to the boat before setting sail again back to Tilbury.