We arrived in the rain, pulled up our hoods and headed out to find "Cogels-Osylei". It's an amazing neighborhood filled with majestic houses of varying architecture standing quite happily shoulder-to-shoulder. I have to look for a book about this neighborhood.
We went to the tourist information office and got a map and a multiple-ride bus ticket, it's cheaper than buying single-ride tickets and there is usually a ride or two left so then we give it away to someone that seems likely to use it, then we hopped a tram.
Drop a couple of small town boys and an adventuress, yet directionally challenged woman, in a big city where the signs aren't in English and it can get pretty interesting pretty quickly. Max was proud of us today for not arguing as we navigated our way around yet another strange, new city. We've been learning about communication and practicing new skills. A proud moment for me
The Central Station is amazing! Stand in the center and look left
Now look right...
Antwerp is the diamond capital of the world. This means Jewish men dressed in a modern version of the dress clothes from "Fiddler on the Roof" and the shops in the train station are deli, coffee shop, jewelry store, jewelry store, patisserie, jewelry store, jewelry store, juice bar, jewelry store...you get the picture. The only place they don't have diamonds is the vending machines.
They don't have them in the WC (restroom) either, but it does cost 50 cents Euro to use the facilities. It was 30 cents Euro in Brussels and 30 pence in London.