So we finally meet, Antwerp. And I can definitely call our first encounter successful!

Antwerp

Antwerp is Belgium’s second biggest city most famous for diamonds, let’s face it. The city feels metropolitan but also historical.

Antwerp

If you come here by train, you are greeted with the most beautiful train station. And from then on, the architecture doesn’t disappoint.

Antwerp

Whether it comes to modern, neoclassical or neogothic buildings, Antwerp will delight you.

Antwerp

After the hustle and bustle of the train station, I was craving for some peace and quiet and I found it at the beguinageA beguinage, from the French term béguinage, is an architectural complex which was created to house beguines: lay religious women who lived in community without taking vows or retiring from the world..

Antwerp

Every time I visit these beguinages, I think how lucky those people are. They live in the most peaceful area of the city!

Antwerp
It’s forever autumn in this corner of the beguinage!

I’m always on the lookout for hidden alleys and I found quite a few in Antwerp. Their spring attire made them look even more beautiful!

Antwerp

That Pinterest famous restaurant looks a bit different now!

Antwerp
Look at that tablecloth arrangement!

If you’re visiting, drop by the Plantin-Moretus Museum. You’ll be transported to the printing world of the 16th century and let me tell you, it is mesmerizing.

Antwerp

Antwerp

Plus, they have the most beautiful courtyard in the heart of the museum.

Antwerp

To come back to the 21st century, I took a slow walk around other new parts of the city. The botanical garden is now my go-to place. Lush greenery and quiet corners, what more could I ask for?

Antwerp

Antwerp

Even though it takes me 2 hours to get back home, I stuck around and drifted from one street to another. I was enjoying the hell out of Antwerp!

Antwerp

All in all, it was a great first trip and I’ll definitely come back sometime soon!

Antwerp

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