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Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province August 26th 2023

Just a quick uodate on where I am now. Spent the last two nights in Marche-en -Famenne. A lovely little village. I've finally caught up with the other bits and pieces I had to do, so now I can concentrate on updating this blog again. Today is about 90km to Arlon. Pretty hilly i think. After two days of dull and thundery weather, the sun is back. ... read more
Thunder clouds rolling in behind me.
Red Squirrel

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp April 24th 2023

Monarch Empress spent the morning sailing through inland waterways in the Netherlands. Shortly after we crossed the Belgian border, the Boudewijnsluis lock carried the vessel into the River Schledt just above Antwerp. At Boudewijnsluis, the lock chamber accommodated four vessels at a time. I had not seen such a lock as this. Every other lock I had seen, whether on the Panama Canal, the Douro River, or the C&O Canal, had all been designed to accommodate a single vessel in a lock chamber. The Antwerp petrochemical port is the second largest in the world. The waterway is lined with petrochemical docks on either side. Ocean-going ships share berthing space with tanker barges ready to travel to points along the Rhine. Arriving at Antwerp, Monarch Empress berthed close to the city center. Thus, the afternoon walking tour ... read more
Riverside Warehouse
Riverside Warehouses

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Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province November 22nd 2020

Best EU Higlihghts I enjoyed before the Pandemic are! 1.Enjoyed air connection through Dublin, Ireland which I'm excited to go back to Ireland the following year 2. Got a Riga, Latvia Passport Stamp when I arrive to Latvia! 3. Got a passport stamp on my boarding pass in Russia Transit! 4. Enjoyed seeing just the mountains of Switzerland and Germany! I was only in the Switzerland-Germany Border to just see the mountains of the airport but that was something! 5. I enjoyed seeing UK London Bell! 6. Santorini, Greece Beaches! 7. Portugal Fresh Air as I got out of the airport and saw so many people! 8. Italy's Favorite Colosseum! 9. Brussels, Belgium Chocolate! 10.Blue Lagoon in Iceland! 11.Enjoyed seeing France's Countryside! 12. Enjoyed seeing Barcelona's Art in Spain!... read more

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province October 30th 2019

Waking up to a golden 9C morning at 6:30 was unusually easy, and waiting out the drop off time for the bike at no sooner than 8.30 meant I could head over to Donau island, ten minutes away. With a few detached accessories in the front of the bike (after the fall), it luckily still worked. By 7 the sun was well up, fisherman installed at their spots, and joggers were plodding the canals. Not a breath of wind. The walk to Traisengasse from Jans Airbnb was as quiet as arriving, residential Vienna still at rest. I had pre-planned my actions for the cheapest airport commuting, so as not to have unexpected hassles with station machines on the day. Unfortunately an older lady forcing her credit card into the euros slot significantly held up the works, ... read more
Veldstraat Swembad
Onzde Lieve Vrouwe Cathedral

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp September 20th 2019

We departed Leuven for the city of Antwerp (Antwerpen in Flemish or Anvers in French). Situated near the Dutch border, Antwerp is known for diamonds. We had booked in for a free walking tour the next day, so after checking in we walked downtown towards the Grote Markt to acquaint ourselves with the area and also have something to eat and drink! Belgium is famous for their beers, which is what the world outside Belgium would call craft beers. Belgium has over 200 active breweries and several different categories of beer such as red Flemish ales, lambic (sour), wit (white), ambers and trappist to name a few! After some lunch and beers we wandered around town and then I went for a quick bout of shopping before dinner. We saw a Greek restaurant on our walk ... read more
Grote Markt
Greek dinner!
St Anna's pedestrian tunnel

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp September 6th 2019

I left the Netherlands today and took the train into Belgium. My first stop was Antwerp and the first sight I saw was the central train station. It is truly magnificent. They have kept the grandeur of the old-style station while injecting modern improvements underneath the cast-iron arches. Antwerp is famous for being the home of Peter Paul Rubens and I visited his house and studio. I have never been a particular fan of his work, but I came away with a better appreciation of him after this visit. The other city I visited today is Ghent. It’s chief claim to fame is the Ghent Altarpiece in Saint Bavo Cathedral. This was painted by Jan van Eyck in the 1400s and is famous in art appreciation circles, apparently. I have to say that it is very ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp August 18th 2019

We feel great today - August 8th - Mimma (saved us again) was able to get us an extension on our car for another 7 days. To top it off we were able to drive to the Lille, France train station (car pick up and drop off site) on our way to Antwerp, Belgium and sign up the paperwork. We have a smooth ride (total about 230 km) into Antwerp today - M indicates that we are 600 m / 1 minute away from our hotel - we are looking forward to a 5 day stay in the city centre at a nice Hilton hotel. We will celebrate our 44th tonight and Danielle’s birthday on the 10th ( not allowed to tell you how old) in this beautiful city - we high five - smoothest travel ... read more
Fort Breendonk
Fort Breendonk entrance
Dan, Emma, Me and Danielle

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp August 7th 2019

After landing on Juno Beach June 6, 1944 the Canadian troops pushed up through to liberate Caen. In mid August they pushed on to Falaise and then pushed on and over the Seine River via Foret de la Londe and Rouen from the west. Fierce fighting was encountered. By the middle of June over 330,000 men and 45,000 vehicles had landed. To secure supply routes much needed to keep the troops and vehicles moving the British and Canadian troops were assigned the tasks of capturing major forts along the English Channel. The German forces knew this and fiercely defended these ports. In September the Canadian troops liberated Le Havre and Dieppe in France as well as the super port - Antwerp In Belgium. Antwerp was the largest deep-water port close to Germany and was connected to ... read more
Private Kelley
Why can’t I do this
Dieppe memorial museum

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp August 7th 2019

Danielle and I wake up early - as we always do on “moving day”. We have another great breakfast - I’ll never get tired of making myself perfectly boiled eggs in the Roller Grill Egg Boiler - holds up to 10 individual egg baskets - with individual egg timers (6 & 1/2 minutes makes the perfect soft boiled egg) and an egg shell cutter (scorer) for easy access. We pack, load up magpie and program “M” for Calais. The drive is beautiful up along the coastline with both stunning views of the English Channel to the east and rolling golden farmers’ fields to the west. Calais itself is anything but stunning. It overlooks the Straight of Dover - the narrowest point on the English Channel. It is a major port with endless ferries crossing back and ... read more
1940 Operation Dynamo
Soldier on a bike
Self explanatory

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