I was really impressed with Antwerp. One of the nicest cities I ever visited. Broad modern avenues are next to narrow medieval lanes and modern glass skyscrapers next to rococo embellied old houses. Lots of smart shopping streets also although no time to shop.
We went to Rubens house, a 16th century mansion and studio. Fascinating to see his enormous canvases and some of his original furnishings. We also visited the cathedral which contained some of his even larger more important religious works.
There was barely time for lunch and we were off again, this time to Brussels! It was about an hours drive. We saw many beautifully decorated buildings here. Brussels is clearly a capital city. Many diplomatic buildings, flags etc. We gazed in bemusement at the Atomium,
There was time to stop for coffee and waffles!
Every other shop was a chocolate shop and I am ashamed to say that we didn’t buy any chocolate. It seemed silly to carry home Godiva or Leonidas chocolate when we can buy it at home. I feel that I have failed as a tourist!
Brussels is the place for you, David! All employees of the EU in Brussels PAY NO TAX! How good is that?
We ran into terrible traffic on the way back to the ship so it was a rush to get changed for dinner.