Pubs and beers, Antwerp
Belgium is there to taste them all, or at least many of them, its more than 300 different sorts of beer. My most favourite ones are the sweet ones from Lindeman's with taste KRIEK (cherry), PERSIK (peach) and heaven, oh heaven, CASSIS. In the picture below you see another three classical beers - (from left to right) the HOEGAARDEN, the LEFFE and the KONIJNK (in Antwerp they call it a "Bolleke"). As you can see, each beer has its own glass, a nice thing for collectors (tip: the cheapest way to get them is at the Sunday market at the Vlasmarkt right at the river Schelde, just opposite of the restaurant Zuiderterras).
Fondest memory: You don't get them at all bars and restaurants, but you will get a big beer selection at PATER'S VAETJE in Blauwmoezelstraat 1. It is easy to find because it is just next to the Cathedral in Antwerp. It is a nice place with a terrace (so great to be there in summer!) and great beer selection.
to easily find the QUINTEN MATSIJS.
There are so many marvellous pubs, inns and restaurants in Antwerp, also in sweetly hidden places and narrow streets where steps lead down to the cellars with their vaults and where candles are the only source of atmospheric light....
Fondest memory: Antwerp being only a 1 hour's drive from my place I often visit that nice city.
It is easier to reach for me than our own Capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam, which BTW now is the most important City of Diamonds....sorry Antwerp! But never forget that I love you!
The oldest inn in town where Dannie and Rudy took us to enjoy something to eat and/or drink and.....the pub itself (see photos in my travelogues)
Meeting 21st December 2002
MEETINGS ARE ALWAYS GREAT EVENTS....MEMORABLE DAYS.....
Fondest memory: It being the 21st December Antwerp was so very armospheric......because of the Christmas Days that were so near.....but it is always attractive, bubbling, surprising.
My grandmother was Belgian but that doesn't influence my opinion!!!
THIS MEETING was again a GRANDIOSE ONE!