A real discovery...
I noticed a wooden door with some nice woodcarving in a street near Grote Markt. What I was interested about was taking a picture of the door (of course). A bit dusty but interesting... And did it!
I asked Dannie about the building with such a special door and she asked "You want to enter?"
I said "Yes!" but I suspected she knew what to expect there! A real running off!
You may find the picture of the door in one of my Tlogs ... with other pictures from the passage.
If you find in a street around Grote Markt this sign, just enter and find the tiniest street in Antwerp... More details in my Tlog... As for me, I entered the passage from the wooden door I marvelled at and went out of it from this side where you would spot the sign...
Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of our city's touristically most important area, the old centre, one can take a sidestep in time and, with some imagination, experience the city as it would have been in ancient times. A stone throw (or hand throw, in accordance with the legend of our city's name) away from Grand Square with its magnificent architecture, off Oude Koornmarkt, (Old Grainmarket), Vlaeykensganck offers an unexpected serenity and quietness. Here one can actually visualise the city's history and, in summer, enjoy the concerts on the nearby cathedral's chimes, in a particularly charming way, due to the exceptional acoustics of this age old alleyway. One can stroll down the alley, which leads from Oude Koornmarkt to Hoogstraat. (Highstreet) Today this beautifully restored alleyway holds some contemporary surprises, such as Sir Anthony van Dijck, one of the city's most renowned restaurants.
'Vlaeykensgang' is a narrow alleyway that runs from one street and winds its way onto another street. It's always quiet and unless you know where it is, it's not so easy to find either. And I don't know where it is - Caro led me there and I'd never find it again! (But apparently it's off Oude Koornmarkt at about number 16).
You just have to see the Vlaeykensgang! This is the smallest street of Antwerp, and you won't believe me, but once you're in that street, you can't believe that you are in the middle of a city! It's so quiet and peaceful! If you want to go there, I have a good hint! First, go to Café De Pelgrom and have a few drinks. After that, when you walk out the café, you will see a really small street in front of you. That is Vlaeykensgang. Enjoy it!
One of the nicest alleys near the big market square is called the Vlaaikesgang, it connects the Hoogstraat, the Reynderstraat and the Pelgrimstraat.
You will find nice but not very cheap little restaurants.
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Visit the hofjes (small living commuinties) with their nice inner gardens and art! For more please take a look in my TRAVELLOGUE!