Mayhem With My Dutch Boys In Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp is the second biggest city in Belgium thus my Dutch friends and I decided to explore the city during Christmas and try the local foods and events.
Team NL on route to the second biggest city in Belgium. We left before noon in order to still explore enough of the city before dusk.
Also in Antwerpen we were hooked on the gluwein (Glogg) and hot chocolate with rum which truly made us useless by midnight so our entire Saturday night went to waste in a hotel room being passed out.
We had tons of fun in this city and visited the Museum aan de Stroom which has an amazing 360 view of the entire city.
The city also had a gigantic christmas market on the main market square.
No trip to Belgium can be completed without trying the Belgium fries, wafles and beers.
It was impossible to find an Italian restaurant to have dinner at. There were massive lineups with dinner time came around so we ended up drinking beers at the local donar kebab restaurant.
It was here also that my brother ran into a buddy of his from our sub-urb. What are the odds just like when we were in Copenhagen a few weeks ago where he noticed someone from his school at the morning breakfast. It is truly a small world.
According to folklore, and as celebrated by the statue in front of the town hall, the city got its name from a legend involving a mythical giant called Antigoon who lived near the river Scheldt. He exacted a toll from those crossing the river, and for those who refused, he severed one of their hands and threw it into the river Scheldt.
Eventually, the giant was slain by a young hero named Brabo, who cut off the giant's own hand and flung it into the river. Hence the name Antwerpen, from Dutch hand werpen—akin to Old English hand and wearpan (= to throw), which has changed to today's warp.