Another beautiful European city.
Today was my first day in Belgium. Mmmm chocolate and pomme frites and waffles and ice cream galore! I stayed with a couchsurfer about 10 miles outside of the city center of Antwerp, he dropped me off and picked me up on the way to and from his commute so it worked out quite well. The bike-sharing system is only 3.80 Euro a day, so once again I biked all around the city.
Some highlights from my day:
- Riding the Ferris Wheel: Located right in front of the Central station, it gives you a great view of the city. 55m tall and I was still a little nervous going round and round.
- Checking out the Diamond District: If you’re ever in the market to buy me a diamond ring…. for whatever reason, go with silver, one big diamond, no extra frills. At least that is what I think I would want. Antwerp is the diamond capital of the world, 90% of all raw diamonds are handled and traded here.
- Antwerp Tower: Nothing too unique or special, but if you go to the bar on the 4th floor there’s a pretty nice view and a pretty nice balcony area. Plus free Wi-fi!
- Cathedral of our Lady Antwerp: I’ve begun to notice that most big european cities have a cathedral that mark the city center. I think they are have outstanding detail and are a beautiful part of the skyline.
- Museum aan de Stroom: I didn’t actually go inside the museum, but you are able to go to the roof and get a panoramic view of the city.
- Sint-Annastrand Beach: The water isn’t clean, but that doesn’t stop kids from splashing around. It’s a nice beach/park area, especially for tanning, if you’re into that kind of thing.
- Shopping Stadsfeestzaal: This shopping center is so beautiful on the outside. Yes I was coerced into buying some lotion and cuticle cream, but at least my nails will be looking nicer! Hopefully….. It really is worth having a look inside, unless you can’t control your shopping desires.
- H&M: There were 3 H&M’s on the main shopping block. I went into one, had about 100 euro worth of things to try on, but ended up spending 4 euro. You know when things look cute and then you see the shape of the garment vs. the shape of your body or the pattern and color vs. your skin tone and you’re just like “noooo way does this look good.” Yeah that happened quite a bit. Thankfully.
- The Chocolate Line: Usually you can see them making the chocolate in action. Today they were just making some molds, nothing too exciting. I’m waiting to buy some belgian chocolates from a cheaper, less touristy place. 3 euro for a bon bon? Uhhh, I’ll shop around first.