Events & (VT) meetings, Antwerp
..This photo also has some special memory for me...We were at this Fun Park in Antwerp, with lots of merry-go-rounds, full of people with their lovers & kids, people selling fun things, ...etc.
We took some rides & they gave us headaches !...but it was so addictive, the rides ..not the headaches...
Me posing for the camera before taking another ride...
This is the "Sinksefoor". It's a big fair (=foor in Flemish)
that comes to Antwerp once a year starting on Whitsunday (=Sinksen in Flemish)
and lasting for 6 weeks. It's located in southern Antwerp on the square between
the "Vlaamse Kaai" and "Waalse Kaai". Also my night pic ( the previous 2 pix..) were taken near the "Sinksefoor".
..Reg too, wanted to take photo with the guy....Notice the Merry-Go-Round behind them ?....
Maybe some of you could guess where this photo & the previous one, were taken...
Have a guess....
.Meeting people is also a way to get to know the place...We met this guy at the bar in Antwerp....asking questions to him; He decided to show me around...
...Ended up having our dinner with him....I had Spaghetti Bolognese, can't remember what they had...
Re took my photo with the guy....
In March they allowed people to go up the KBC tower (in Dutch referred to as the Boerentoren), which is unusual, the views up there are superb, unfortunately the weather wasn't all that great.
Fondest memory: I live here, so I have a few...
Richiecdisc' trip through Europe ended in Belgium. And it was in Antwerp that we had our VT-meeting.
I showed him a bit of Antwerp and he took me to some great pubs I've never been before (or even had heard of before).
But at the end of the evening I managed to take him to a brewpub with beers, which weren't listed at all in his little beerguide ;-)
And on 28/11/2001 there was another VT meeting, with Laura (hayward68), Myriam (Myriam_C) and Conny (conny_bazen). Take a look at Eating and drinking in Antwerp
Antwerp seems to be quite popular for VT meetings, on June 22nd, 2002 there were actually 2 meetings going on. Take a look at 2 mini Vt-meetings in Antwerp.
And the next one was last week, with Steventilly and filipdebont
Fondest memory: Meeting my VT friends is definitely my fondest memory of the day. These ladies were just willing to accommodate whatever I wanted to do. They kept saying, 'you're the visitor, what do you want to do?' They quickly discovered that beer and chocolate were a couple of the 'must sees' for me, lol! I hope to meet up with them again for some more great times :)
Try and time your visit to coincide with the 24 Hours of Beer Festival. It is generally the middle of November in two 12 hour sessions, Saturday from 14:00 till 2:00 and Sunday from 10:00 till 22:00. It is a fantastic festival not only for its varied beer selection but for the friendly and well behaved crowds.
Fondest memory: I was lucky enough to get a ride from Haarlem in the Netherlands to Antwerp with VTer Sandra and her father. It was nice in not only saving money but also for the company and for lugging not only my huge backpack, but also the five-liter keg of Rauchbier I had stupidly bought in Bamberg, Germany some days earlier. I had already transported it to Dusseldorf, Zwolle, and Haarlem. Each time, a local VT member had met me, so it had been easy. They were in a bit of a hurry as they were going to a ball that evening so I was dropped off at their hotel and pointed in the direction of the center, or so I thought. It was miserable gray Belgian weather, and I trudged off to secure a room, the little keg making a nuisance of itself right from the get go. Its thin and uncomfortable handle was made for transporting it from your shopping bag to your fridge, but not for a long walk through the city. After half a mile I felt I was making no progress and intrinsically thought I was going the wrong way so headed back directly from where I came and went the way I imagined the city center to be. In no time, I was in a more familiar looking area, going towards the train station. Soon I saw some hotels and having no guide for the area, I decided to just try those, already anticipating having to lug the keg to the train station when I left. The first place was a little pricey so tried one more. Eureka, a cheap place across from the station, but the one catch was there was no electricity, though I was assured it would be fixed shortly. I had some time to kill before meeting another fellow VTer for drinks, so took the room and tried to sleep. Of course, the maintenance man was there shortly and had it sorted out quickly enough. I grabbed a shower and headed out into the cool night air. I left the keg behind. It was Antwerp, I’d find many beers on my wanderings, and I had carried that little bugger enough for one day.
Favorite thing: If you are a fan of rock music, then I guess you would be interested to see the annual school rock festival. Gotta warn ya, it's only if you are a rock fan. Otherwise, you would sorry...