Dear gentle followers and readers, l am trying to dramatize even the title, to show you yo what extent l was all wow by my second ME TREAT. Inshort, l was so ‘finished’ by the time l got back to Brussels yesterday, l couldn’t even do this post. I couldn’t fix no dinner, all l did was soak my ‘sore’ feet in hot water and marine salt. I even applied an anti-inflamatory balm.
A Special Trip
I hadn’t planned on visiting Antwerp ( em yet ), but because of the technical cum emotional dis-Appointment which left me Whoopingly Single (again ), I know had a second ticket to use. I mean when you are down, you either sleep or you rise up and soar right? It was in this context that I prepared myself to enjoy that Trip like it was gonna be a once in a life time opportunity. I sincerely thank my friend for his advice not to sleep in Bruges on Saturday, because I would have missed out on Sunday big time.
No visiting Diamond shops but…
Ok, Antwerp is the world stock exchange for Diamonds. There’s no fooling around there. Diamonds every where. But l knew better than to even look into one of those windows lest my (fictitious ) life’s savings went into some “Tiny Stone” 🙂 In Cameroonian jargon, we say when you can’t afford a Guinness, you’ll whine about its bitter taste 🙂
But, Antwerp has more to it than Diamonds. From the former Palace (where l could only take a picture near a ‘caged’couch on which some nobility once rested), to their hyper Sunday market, to the Museum for Contemporary Arts, walking through the docks to visit the Red Starline Museum: I mean wow! Again, I found no time to sit for any lunch. I snacked on some boiled carrots l’d brought.
The World’s Oldest Half Hour Clock
Hmm, could I imagine l was ever gonna see such with my two naked eyes? The building itself is said to be the oldest in the city. I think l had only seen such on TV (maybe Alice in Wonderland ). I just had to drink a hot chocolate in their café.
I also learnt quite a lot from the Museums. The red Starline Museum with its 10 levels and the’oh my’, breath catching panorama, with almost each level hosting a mini museum of sorts on a different subject. I see why my Knight in Bruges kept saying I should be from Congo – the Congolese have a special place and part in the History, Geography and Economy of Belgium. Hmm, it even was the King’s private Garden? Never mind that the country is one of the largest in Africa.
Dear gentle readers and followers, although l met no knight this time around, I did have a great time as you can see.
Wishing you all a great week ahead…and a very big thanks to the SNCB for the tickets