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A chilly walk round Antwerp

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Last weekend, hubby and I went into Antwerp city (we live in the 'burbs) to visit the Christmas Market. Unfortunately, unlike every other Christmas Market I know, it didn't start the first weekend in December but on the 8th....

So today, we bundled up warm and tried again. It was absolutely freezing - literally. The snow has melted but the temperature didn't go above 2*C/35*F. It was a beautiful sunny day with gorgeous azure blue skies - just blimmin cold.

We walked up the main high street , the "Meir". I've learnt to look up when walking along old city streets. At eye level the shops look very modern, but glance up and the architecture is stunning.





Antwerp Central Station....


The Meir stretches for about a mile. Central Station is at one end, the old city and cathedral are at the other.





City Hall


Belgium is famous for beer!


And chocolate!



Jenever and Gluhwein stall


Gingerbread stall


Ice skating area - too cold for us today!


By the time we had walked back to the car we'd covered just over 3 miles, so not a bad walk!
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SOOKIE 12/13/2012 10:41AM

    I've never been to Europe, but those buildings are gorgeous and that gingerbread looks delish!

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WILSONWR 12/9/2012 8:24AM

    Oh, I miss Europe! That looked like a great walk.

I plan to walk in the snow today for the first time in many years - I look forward to it. I don't look forward, however, to driving in it to go to a Christmas party...

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DETERMINED_ME 12/9/2012 12:22AM

    Love the pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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ALIHIKES 12/8/2012 2:32PM

    What beautiful photos! thanks for sharing your walk. A very lovely city!

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DR1939 12/8/2012 1:09PM

    Lovely. Makes me want to visit Belgium again. We drove from east to west and ended in Brugges. We loved the drive and the country. We also went to Flanders Field (an organized bus tour, very interesting).

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UNSWEETMAMA 12/8/2012 10:45AM

    So beautiful! I love it when you share pictures.

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POOKASLUAGH 12/8/2012 10:39AM

    I love that frog! Beautiful pics.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/8/2012 10:06AM

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures.



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JACKIE542 12/8/2012 10:03AM

    Looks crisp and clear and beautiful. The buildings are magnificent.
The chocolate in the windows is just so tempting. Thank you for taking us along on this wonderful walk. emoticon emoticon

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LIS193 12/8/2012 10:02AM

    Thank you for sharing! What a lovely city to walk around in. I have visited as a kid and I remember the butcher's windows - rabbits with their heads still on. We didn't have that in Holland, so it really stood out for me.
So glad you enjoyed your walk and your picture are stunning!

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