i spent last weekend in beautiful Belgium and brought back some impressions of Antwerp in my sketchbook for you.
i highly recommend visiting the art lounge (Cogels-Osylei 88), where we spent our friday and lost track of time talking and drawing. The hostess is from Latvia, loves Berlin and can tell you a lot about the building (art nouveaux!) and its 100 year old murals that have been (for the most part) carefully restored. The tea selection is wide and you can choose from a black wooden box. What looks like a watercolour box is actually the colour-coded spread of individually packaged tea bags. Pretty! Tea meets good design!
The Rubenshuis is ..you’ve guessed it- mandatory! People under 25 pay only 1 € and get an audioguide for free. The audioguide people included music of the era and the tour takes about 1 and a half hour. Please make sure you look up, once in a while when you are in the old part of the building. There are decorative wood carvings everywhere! I’d have loved to take pictures..but they were not allowed.
Another place that i recommend is the jazz club DE MUZE. It is in the city centre, has life music everyday (entry is free!) and has a nice feel to it. We had seats on the first floor and i did draw the people sitting below me before the music started.
All in all: the people of Antwerp are very cool. What a great trip, I’m sure i’ll return to this city again. And i will stay at the hostel boomerang again (cheap, clean, nice people, great breakfast, great vibe) and browse the De Slegte 2nd hand bookshop and have coffee and come back to the Cathedral and stare at the beautiful stained-glass windows…maybe i’ll have time to visit the mysterious bunnies in the stadspark and have learnt dutch so i can really enjoy the comic book store 🙂