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May 19th 2006
Published: June 16th 2017
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01 Van Dyck01 Van Dyck01 Van Dyck

A statue of a well known painter.
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This morning we checked out of our 19 bed dorm and headed to the train station. We caught the train to Antwerp. It only took and hour and a half. It was raining when we arrived and the thought of having to find our hostel in the rain with our packs didn't appeal, so we got a taxi. He only spoke dutch and expected us to understand, so we just nodded and he laughed (at us I'm sure). This hostel was nice and clean and only 8 of us in the room.

We caught the tram into town and walked around. Antwerp is well known for Peter Paul Rubens having lived and worked here about 500 years ago. We went to buy tickets for his house. The lady told us that there was no charge- great we thought, due to some of the rooms being closed off for renovations!! It was quite an impressive house. His studio was huge.

St Jacob's was next, this is where he is buried in his family's chapel. Also so some of his work here. Mozart also played at this church in 1765.

We continued walking around the quiet town, trying to
02 The courtyard02 The courtyard02 The courtyard

This is the view of Ruben's house from the courtyard.
make our way to the famous Antwerp Cathedral. We came to Grote Markt and the Town Hall. Where there are nicely decorated buildings. From here we could see the top of the cathedral. We walked around but did not have enough time to go in there today. We stopped at a chocolate shop. I got some mint chocolate- yes, finally I have been able to find something minty after 2 months!!!
Caught the tram back to the hostel and ate minty chocolate.

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03 Ruben's House03 Ruben's House
03 Ruben's House

The outside of Ruben's house.
04 St Jacobs04 St Jacobs
04 St Jacobs

The outside of St Jacobs.
05 Family chapel05 Family chapel
05 Family chapel

The Rubens' family chapel, where he is buried with his family and surrounded by his artwork.
06 City street06 City street
06 City street

This street leads to the Antwerp cathedral.
07 Grote Markt07 Grote Markt
07 Grote Markt

Buildings in the Grote Markt area.
08 Bell tower08 Bell tower
08 Bell tower

Fountain and a bell tower.
09 Bell tower09 Bell tower
09 Bell tower

The top of the bell tower.
10 Flagged building10 Flagged building
10 Flagged building

A building in the Grote Markt area with many different flags.
11 Antwerp cathedral11 Antwerp cathedral
11 Antwerp cathedral

The bottom half of the cathedral.
12 Antwerp cathedral12 Antwerp cathedral
12 Antwerp cathedral

The top half of the cathedral.
13 Grote Markt Square13 Grote Markt Square
13 Grote Markt Square

Flag building, fountain and tall, thin buildings.
14 Rubens and his cathedral14 Rubens and his cathedral
14 Rubens and his cathedral

Statue of Rubens with his cathedral in the background.

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