We started our fabulous European vacation in Antwerp, an ancient port city in Belgium. We were there because Meems's job is to buy diamonds.
|Photo: Shelley's Jewelry|
In the meantime, we got to meander through charming streets...
...and quaint little alleyways.
We got to see fabulous architecture...
...and even have fun at the flea market!
|That's green tea we're drinking. |
We behaved like Belgians and saved the beer for after 9:00 a.m.
One day while Meems was working I meandered over to Antwerp Cathedral.
|A view of the cathedral from Groenplats.|
There are similar cathedrals all over Europe, but that didn't stop me from being spellbound by this one. I *love* the whitewashed interior--it was perfection.
|Check out that floor! So cool.|
|This medallion design in gold was repeated on several walls. I totally see some use for this in my home someday.|
|Its hard to see in this picture, but they are removing some of that beautiful old plaster to find even prettier, and extremely old, paintings underneath. This one is an image of some kind of animal.|
Later in our trip we walked by the cathedral at night, and I was so glad because I forgot to take a picture of its facade during the day. Isn't it blurry? I mean, gorgeous?
I knew I'd be in Antwerp for six days, but I definitely underestimated how wonderful that time would be. Perhaps I was a wee bit blinded by the chance to go to Paris at the end of our trip, but I truly didn't expect to love Antwerp like I did. It is a beautiful city. Even better, the people there are so sweet and welcoming. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that there is plenty of chocolate, waffles, and beer! Join me tomorrow when I will show you some of the above. Makes me want a waffle, just thinking about it!