Monday, November 17, 2014

Europe Trip Day 3 - Antwerp

Day 3
We departed Amsterdam for Antwerp via Thalys. We stayed in Antwerp for 2 nights at Antwerp Central Youth Hostel. The hostel was pretty nice but there were mosquitoes in our room. Same feedback from Michael as well who stayed in the same hostel on our 2nd night.

What we did in Antwerp:
- We went to Groenplaats, Cathedral of Our Lady, Grote Markt and Hetsteen
- Drank lots of Belgium beer
- Had the best mussels and fries
- Walked a lot
- Took the subway to Chinatown at night which was a mistake because that area was pretty dodgy

Cathedral of Our Lady - Built between 1352 and 1521 as one of the world's tallest building

Grote Markt - The main square in Antwerp and is a popular tourist destination

In the centre of Grote Markt (in front of the town hall), there is a statue of Brabo who cut off the hand of the giant Antigoon and threw it into the river. Antigoon lived near the Schelde River and used to charge a toll for people wanting to cross the river. For people that couldn't pay the toll, their hands would be cut off and thrown into the River. This is a famous folklore tale in Antwerp and that is how Antwerp got its name from. The name Antwerpen means 'Hand Throw'.

Hetsteen (The Stone)
Often referred to as The Castle but was originally one of the old city's fortified gates

One of the many beers we had, best mussels and best fries

Credits to Ryan Chew for the photos.

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