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Last Day in Belgium

By Hannah

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We parted from our perfect Belgian cottage today and headed off to yet another new country: the Netherlands. Before we left Belgium, however, we stopped to visit Antwerp. Our plan was to walk around the town for awhile, as well as take a look at the Diamond Museum. As we came closer and closer to the museum, jewellery and diamond shops started popping up. On the corner closest to where the museum was supposed to be there were no less than seven of these stores, all side by side. But try as we might, we just couldn't find the place. We did see a large, boarded up building, and decided that the museum had been closed. So we went looking for a tourism office instead.

We were right about the closure, and the agent recommend we take a walk down Keyser Street instead, which would lead us into the centre of town. We saw numerous stores, cafes and chocolate shops, and enjoyed the unique atmosphere. There were signs and advertisements in English, French, Dutch, German and Flemish, and I think we heard nearly all of these languages today, too.

City Hall

City Hall

We ended up in a square where an impressive fountain and a grand, flag-laden building stood. The building turned out to be City Hall, and the flags represented countries that were in the European Union or had consulates in Antwerp. Canada didn't seem to be up there. There were a number of other interesting and beautiful buildings too, as well as a towering cathedral spire adorned with a golden clock.

Before we headed back to our car, we decided to indulge in a couple very Belgian treats. Abby and Mom had warm Belgian waffles covered in chocolate and whipped cream. Mom attempted to order in French, and was given a brief language lesson from the vendor. Dad and I opted for something more savoury and had fries instead, which were shared by everyone.

Then it was time to hit the road again. The landscape became more and more idyllic as we passed lush green fields, winding canals and hundreds of cows and sheep. As we drove up to our new home for the next twelve days, we marvelled at the countryside perfection of everything.

Posted by KZFamily 12:43 Archived in Belgium Tagged antwerp netherlands belgium

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I have been following your travels but negligent in commenting of late... that is not to say I have not enjoyed the journey. Mayo for the fries is something that will not be lost, as you will soon discover this happens also in Holland. Curious.. no diamond purchases? Enjoy the new discoveries that await you in the birth place of your Oma and Opa.

by Helen

At last you have arrived in your Nederland. I am sure your dear Opa and Oma are travelling with you!
I always love the sight of cows and sheep around our Saanich Peninsula, but usually there are only about a hand full. But where you are, you get to see hundreds of them. It must be such a beautiful and peaceful picture.
Your Belgian treats sound very yummy. I, too, would have chosen the waffles with the fancy toppings.
May you continue to enjoy every day of your wonderful adventure!
In thoughts with you.

by Edith Roslee

Sounds like a great time. Enjoy the Netherlands!

by Harvey Roosma

I'm not surprised Canada doesn't have a consulate in Antwerp. Belgium isn't really big enough for both an embassy and a consulate. :)

Actually our embassy in Brussels does double duty for both Belgium and Luxembourg.

by Jane1

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