Off to Belgium for a long weekend in Antwerp!
Finally I’m done with my guide and I’ve printed it and I’m ready to explore Antwerp once again :-) I’m leaving now and I’ll be back on Sunday evening.
I’ll be staying in an old, rough, vintage artistic house just next to my favourite street Kloosterstraat. On Friday morning (tomorrow) I’ll be visiting the Vrijdagmarkt, a Friday market with old furnitures and antiques, the Vogelenmarkt (also a market) on Sunday and Lijnwaadmarkt (an antiques market on Saturday). When I will not be digging and admiring old objects and antiques I’m going to visit the Diamondland, a 1000m2 diamond showroom where I will see professional diamond polishers and setters at work so that I can see how diamonds are made :-)
I’m very fascinated and intrested in paintings by Peter Paul Rubens who was a Flemish Baroque painter well-known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. I will therefore visit Rubens House and St James church where some of his work can be found and where his grave is.
Since the Royal of fine Arts in Antwerp is closed for renovation some of their paintings have been placed in the Cathedral of Our Lady which I will be visiting instead.
Some fashionshops I’ll be visiting are Ann Demeluemeester‘s and Dries Van Noten’s and Renaissance…
Oh, I will be eating alot too! A dinner reservation has been made for me at Ra for their Villa Villekulla dinner, I’ve been there before and I love the place! Also I will be going to La Chascona…also been there before..but I always go back to a place where they serve the most delicious cakes and smoothies, ofcourse ;-)
I will also try to find a place where they serve the best mussels….and also have delicious Belgian chocolate….and Belgian waffles!
With other words…an intensive weekend awaits for me in Antwerp :-) Will be back on Sunday but I’ve made some time-scheduled posts until then ;-)