This past week was the last week of my summer holidays. It was the first time I had absolutely no plans at all concerning going away on a trip. Doing what I’ve been doing all summer (working?) without setting foot in a foreign country was a bit sad to me.

So I was over the moon when my dear friend and travelbuddy which whom I conquered the mainland of Europe last year, and with whom I got to explore Brussels with agreed to explore Antwerp with me on this exceptionally bright summer day.

While I’m still thinking of something witty to say, I will tell you about our day. The goals we had weren’t very ambitious so we happily strolled around and did it all: stop by Ladurée for macarons, sightsee the city a bit and see the Schelde river, get some moules frites, eat a waffle, drink a Belgian beer and… catch up. My friend and I hadn’t seen each other since the beginning of the year when she left to study in France.

We found the most wonderful bookshop called Othello which had wonderful, witty books on life, a corner with delirious good cookbooks, fancy postcards and all the children’s books I hoped to read when I was a kid (and still hope to get my hands on now). The interior of the bookstore was amazing, featuring neat Tintin books, black and red lamps, large long tables with books and a very friendly cashier with cool hair. – I agree buying books online is way less a hassle and sometimes cheaper, but bookstores like this always hold special place in my heart.

Why, you ask? Why I went to Antwerp all of a sudden? Well, that’s easy. I’ve never been, I had a free day, and the train ticket was only 7,80 euros (= cheap). I think the pictures tell more than enough, we had a wonderful time and ate, once again, way more than necessary. But that’s ok, because really… look at it.

Excuse the excessive amount of pictures, I figured if I didn’t post them now I probably won’t get around it later when uni starts and I won’t look at them so much anymore.

So, this is how I spam you with pictures of an awesome trip to Brussels! Last weekend was one of those weekends that refresh the mind and revive the happy spirits of autumn/winter. The weather was sunny and cold, the very best there is! And although I’ve been to Brussels one time before, I have seen so many awesome things I’ve never seen or heard about.

The Magritte Museum was definitely my ultimate highlight of the trip. If I case I haven’t told you guys this before, René Magritte is my all-time favourite painter. It was such a great experience to walk though a museum that was especially into Magritte, I saw some paintings I never saw before and it was bloody brilliant, I would even go back for this museum only. Unfortunately, no cameras were allowed… :(

During our stay, we discovered that worldwide premiere of Tintin was held in Brussels! Which was pretty cool because there were all kinds of events going on in the city. On a square before a building that looked like it was going to host the premiere there were all kinds of huge posters of drawings from the Tintin comics, with matching ‘real-life’ cars in front of them. (as you can see above) I’m not really into cars, but this was just plainly awesome.

We ate so many nice things, waffles, mussels, brilliant fries (with super-duper nice mayonnaise!). And Godiva was simply divine. The architecture in the city was gorgeous, and we walked so much that I was glad I wore my Timmies. The people were so nice, it was weird though… the bilingual aspect, I never quite knew if I should start in Dutch, French or even English. Oh, what a brilliant weekend.