On Antwerp and Absence…

I’m sorry :-(… I have been away for a little while and I should have written sooner … but life happens sometimes as we all know, and we don’t always keep track as we would like.

Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of taking another trip to Belgium, which despite being brief allowed me to discover quite a few new places.Here are a few pointers I would like to give you in case you happen to be swinging by Brussels or the fashionable Antwerp, where I went on a day trip.

Brussels

·      There is a little enoteca (which in Italian literally means wine repository), which has popped up facing the fountain in Place Sainte Catherine. It is called Medusa and it’s run by a lovely Italian man and his wife. It serves some extremely well presented aperitifs and some delicious wines. It is particularly nice to sit right at a table outside in the summer and admire the sun setting over the square whilst sipping away- but well it is November now, so I shall move on ;-)

·      If you happen to be in the city on a Sunday, when most of the shops are closed, head to the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert for a coffee and a stroll. Not only is it handy to walk around these glazed shopping arcades when it’s raining, you will also be able to do some last minute boutique-praline shopping and enjoy some people- watching from one of the café’s.

The Galeries Royales Saint- Hubert

Antwerp

·      The old city of Antwerp is an absolute chocolate box with many cozy spots to discover and some gorgeous fashion and design stores. If you have time you should check out Momu, the fashion museum on Nationalestraat, and incidentally I also recommend you have a wonder around the gorgeous shops on this street – I could hardly tear myself away!

·      Antwerp’s central train station is drop dead beautiful and regarded as one of the most sophisticated examples of railway architecture in Belgium- my advice is therefore to look up if you are arriving by train ;-)

Antwerp Central Statuon

·       There is a cute little restaurant called In de Roskam in Vrijdagmarkt 12, where I had a delicious sandwich and a snuggly little break .

See you later for now, I hope you enjoy your afternoon!

 

Addresses:

 

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Galerie du Roi 5,

Bruxelles 1000

 

 

Medusa

Quai aux Briques 84

Bruxelles 1000

 

 

In de Roskam

Vrijdagmarkt 12,

Antwerpen 2000

 

 

Momu

Nationalestraat 28,

Antwerpen 2000