Belgium city-break: Antwerp

This week Thom and I zapped off on the Eurostar to Belgium for our first city break since moving to England. Being greedy ambitious adventurers, we figured we had enough time to see the sights of both Antwerp and Brussels. After getting up way too early in the morning for my liking, we caught a breezy train to Antwerp – one of Belgium’s Flemish cities.


The beautiful cathedral in the heart of the old quarter. We stayed in a quaint little hotel right behind it.


It seems like you can get waffles everywhere in Belgium – even from train station vending machines.

Tea for two

We stopped for coffee & lunch to escape the chill. Despite my mittens, I wasn’t prepared for how cold it was!


There are dual language editions of this daily newspaper, in two different colours (green for French).


T & A


Antwerp’s retro-winkels, AKA vintage stores were great. Best find: a set of antique chocolate moulds for €20.


We spent most of out time just wandering the streets, ducking into interesting shops, and taking photos. One evening we went spent a few hours in a tiny bar, making friends with some locals, and then later, the Frites man. It amused him no end to explain all the different chip and mayo options to two enthusiastic tourists…

Next stop: Brussels!