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Private Tour: Antwerp Trip from Brussels
"Start your day trip with a hotel pickup from your Brussels hotel and travel north to the city of Antwerp — Belgium’s second largest city. Home to the country’s largest port Antwerp boasts maritime heritage as well as artistic history and luckily for you this private tour covers it all.When you arrive begin with a walking tour past the Vleeshuis also known as the Butcher’s Hall. Work your way past the age-old houses of the city center
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3 Hour Private Highlights with Non-Classic Stories Tour in Antwerp
"Start your trip in Antwerp with this highlights tour with your private guide Etienne. During the tour you will get to see the best architecture buildings local street and hear interesting answers to some peculiar questions. Start your tour at the Grand Market Place following a stop here you will get to discover in mini-alleys where you get to escape the crowds and take in relaxing vibe of this beautiful city. You'll also get to enjoy the water as you'll be visiting the riverside and the castle in Antwerp. such as: where were they hiding the poor people in the earlier days?If you want to see Antwerp in a nutshell this is the tour for you. Let your guide Etienne know if you want to see anything in particular he'll be happy to create a personalized tour for you. Here is your itinerary: 10:00 - Central Station discovery11:00 - Jewish neighborhood walk12:00 - Diamond area exploration12:30 - Coffee & Chatting Stop About Etienne""
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Private Tour: Antwerp Trip from Brussels
"Start your day trip with a hotel pickup from your Brussels hotel and travel north to the city of Antwerp — Belgium’s second largest city. Home to the country’s largest port Antwerp boasts maritime heritage as well as artistic history and luckily for you this private tour covers it all.When you arrive begin with a walking tour past the Vleeshuis also known as the Butcher’s Hall. Work your way past the age-old houses of the city center
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In Rubens' day, being fat meant that you were rich, and being pale meant that you didn't have to work out in the sun. Rubens was a rich man - he had a house and a studio in town and a couple of big country places. He would do the sketches of the paintings and then the apprentices would fill in the blanks. If you wanted him to paint it himself, you paid him extra.

In the studio section of Rubens house were several examples of his paintings. We were to see more in the local church, but it was Sunday so we couldn't go in as they were having services.

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Apr 26, 2016

Street musicians

Don't forget the street musicians. They are pleased to entertain you!

I was surprised to see local music students on the street, but when you are studying you need that money badly.

The piano player was fun to see; he was a real entertainer.

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Dec 28, 2015

Having A Bad Hair Day!

OK this is just an excuse to use the pic but as a bit of background.

This is Jan Theodoor van Ryswyck who was an Antwerp-born poet, satirist and political philosopher. Despite being married with three children he led a rather Bohemian lifestyle and was a regular at the infamous inn "In 't Zwart Peerdeken" (The Black Pear Blanket??).

His literary output was prodigious and he is considered to be one of the "fathers" of Belgian independence.

Unfortunately he died quite young, aged 38, in the Antwerp lunatic asylum on May 7th 1849.

He does look a bit mad with this hairstyle ;-)

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May 28, 2013

Antwerp-based band dEUS.

dEUS are an Antwerp-based band who take on the world, armed with a suitcase full of Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Pixies and Radiohead. Their music is never straightforward, always with a twist that makes it stand out of the ordinary, nice melodies flirting with the experimental. Although gaining popularity on the post-Nirvana grunge wave across the world, they have a lot more to offer than the typical loud-quiet-loud song-structures which have become so typical for this scene. With their moody frontman and video-artist Tom Barman, their live concerts range from the clumsy and annoying to the brilliant and ingenious.

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Dec 19, 2009
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Peter Paul Rubens

The Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) is perhaps Antwerp's most famous resident, he was born in Germany but moved to Antwerp after his father died in 1589, moved to Italy and returned again when his mother died in 1608. You can visit Rubenshuis on Wapper Square, his house and studio from 1610-1640 when he died, see his four altarpieces in the Cathedral of Our Lady and many of his paintings in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. There are also a couple of his paintings in St. Paul's Church, the Rockox House Museum and in St. James Church where he is buried.

My photos are of the statue of Rubens in Groenplaats Square near the Grote Markt.

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Jan 28, 2007

"Rubens - shape" women

The most famous Antwerpian of all times was without doubt a painter Pieter Paul Rubens (1577-1640).
He especially liked to paint women's bodies (at least partly naked). His woman-models were of so called "Rubens shape", a little fat, I mean.
Some people say that most guys prefer "Rubens - shape" women despite they don't want to admit it. Hmm... I don't know :-), although look at me and my Hungarian friend I met in... Bolgaria once. I noticed that "Rubens - shape" women were often very funny and sympathetic, was I wrong?

Where to find Rubens works?

Rather not in my home :-) Try to guess why...
OK, in ANTWERP you can find them mainly in:
1. Rubens House = Rubenhuis (ten works),
2. Our Lady's Cathedral (Onze Lieve-Vrouwkathedraal),
3. Royal Museum of Fine Arts (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten - 21 paintings and oil sketches).
Additionally in:
4. St. Pauluskerk,
5. Rockox House,
6. St. Augustinuskerk,
7. St Jacobskerk,
8. Museum Plantin-Moretus.

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Jan 30, 2004

What a little research leads to ...

One of the greater things of VT is that it tickles you curiosity and therefor widens your view. Walking through Antwerp I found the statue as in the picture alongside the "Leien". Never had heard about this Baron Leys. Still, I take a picture and am wanting to find out who he is. Long live internet, which learned me that he was a historical painter whose careful reconstructions of life in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, made him a teacher to many worldfamous painters.

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Dec 26, 2003

The Antwerp music...

The Antwerp music scene.
Antwerp has a great popculture. A lot of music bands are from Antwerp and some of them are well known in the world. Most known is probably dEUS (photo), but also K's Choice, Zita Swoon, Dead Man Ray and the Clement Peerens Explosition. Maybe you can go to some music pubs in Antwerp. Who knows you meet a group going to surprise the whole world.
Places where you can see some live music: Hof ter Loo and for big events Sportpaleis

Sep 02, 2002
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"Drink the Elixir!"
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"Antwerp and area, viewed through the camera"
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"The biggest city of Flanders"
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"Pampered in Antwerp and a Bangelijke meeting :)"
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"'t Stad: My Antwerp"
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The school of fashion...

The school of fashion members.
Antwerp has some very well known fashion designers. They are called the Antwerp Six and you've probably already heard of them: Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck (Walt), Martin Margiela, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Ann Demeulemeester. They all graduated from the Antwerp Royal Academy in the early eighties and have conquered the world. Of course they have their own boutiques in Antwerp although most of their fashion shows are in cities like Paris.

Sep 02, 2002

The most illustrious of all...

The most illustrious of all Antwerp citizens, has to be Peter Paul Rubens. This great Flemish master lived and worked here and some fifty of his paintings and oil sketches are on show, many in the very place for which they were originally intended. In 1601 he was appointed city painter of Antwerp and court painter to the archduke and duchess Albrecht and Isabella.

Yu definitely have to visit the Rubens’ House. it was bought by the painter in 1611 and extended with a home and studio to achieve all the trappings of the palazzo he had seen on his travels. It was here that he received scores of distinguished guests and that he built his dazzling career. The museum houses ten works by Rubens, including his self-port-rait, Adam and Eva in paradise, Henry IV in the battle for Paris; and a portrait of Anthony van Dyck as a boy. Also on show are many objets d’art, which either belonged to him or date from his time.
You can find the Rubens' house in: Wapper 9-11, 2000 Antwerp. (

Aug 26, 2002

Antwerp is famous for its...

Antwerp is famous for its fashion and is becoming a major trend-setter in the European fashion world. The driving force behind the Antwerp fashion scene is the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
The great breakthrough came at the British Designer Show in London in March 1988 with six young designers: Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene and Marina Yee. They became known as the Antwerp Six. They managed to design a real ‘Belgian Look.’

Thanks to the attentions of the international press and most of all thanks to the enduring qualities of new graduates (s.a. Véronique Branquinho, Raf Simons, Lieve Van Gorp, Anna Heylen, Wim Neels, Bernard Willhelm, A.F. Vandevorst, Jurgi Persoons, Josephus Thimister, Patrick Van Ommeslaghe and Angelo Figus), Antwerp has become an international magnet for fashion lovers.

The Antwerp fashion scene is concentrated around Nationalestraatand inspires the entire neighbourhood.
Stimulated by the Flanders Fashion Institute, a joint venture between the private and the public sector is working to bring together in one building, the Modenatie, a new fashion museum Modemuseum MoMU and a new home for the Fashion Department, including postgraduates in traditional crafts. This new location is intended both as a working space for students and designers and as a meeting- place for fashion enthusiasts.

Yearly treat is the Fashion Show of the graduating students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts; 6000 spectators from Belgium, France, England, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Japan pay a visit to Antwerp to participate at this event.

Aug 26, 2002

The most famous painter that...

The most famous painter that comes from Antwerp is named 'Pieter Paul Rubens'. He especially liked to paint women.

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Sep 07, 2002

Things to Do Near Antwerp

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Royal Flemish Opera - Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera

The two largest cities in Flanders, Antwerp and Ghent, had two separate opera companies until 1981, when the two companies were merged to form the Flemish Opera. Now this joint opera company presents...
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I know we visited the zoo in Antwerp. It was near the railway station which had some bomb damage. The zoo is one of the oldest in the world, established on 21 July 1843. After the war (and after our...
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Located in the Jewish neighbourhood and often referred to as City Park,Stadspark is a 14 hectare park in the centre of the city.It has the shape of a triangle whose base to the south and the top to...
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Bourla Theater & Lounge

The Bourla Theatre is worth visiting whether you are going to a performance or not. The building looks great from the outside and inside. This theatre is from the 19th century and has 900 seats....
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Museum Mayer Van den Bergh

This small but attractive museum is named after the Antwerp art collector Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901) and features many of the works of art that he collected in the late nineteenth...
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Cathedral of Our Lady

Considered the largest Gothic Cathedral in the lowlands, as it has been rebuilt over the 100's of years there are elements of renaissance, rococco and baroque in the architecture, as well as...
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