Christmas Market: Antwerp, Belgium

Hard to believe that sixteen years ago, Nils and I lived in Antwerp, Belgium for a bit before moving to Provence, France then he onto Barcelona and I back to Boston for a period.  Then 9/11 happened and he moved to the US.

Here we are on New Years Eve at The Irish Time Bar.

16-yearsago-in-antwerp

We lived in a flat on the top two floors of the house on the left – Oude Koornmarkt  & Pelrimstraat or a few months.

This was our view daily!

His father lived in Antwerp in  2010, so we are pretty familiar with it so when thinking of places to visit today we took the 55 minute easy drive.

The center of the city is based around the Groenplaats and the Grotemarkt and the Cathedral, which is golden in the sunlight and is so beautiful.

While it’s been 6 years since we were there, a few things changed but a lot is still the same. Love the architecture.

Bodrum my favorite Turkish restaurant on De Pret Straat is now a butcher – a very nice one too!  Turns out the Bodrum Palace which we passed got great reviews – perhaps they moved!  Grr.would have rather ate at Bodrum but nonetheless got our mixed grill/shaorma fix while here. Sebaba was closed and a lot of new building a but Pelican Bar, StadsCafe, International Magazine Store, and other places the same.
We ate Shoarma at De’oude Stad.. Good but not as good as Bodrum!

The Christmas Market was in full force with two skating rinks and tons of stalls and due to current world events loads of added security present yet never felt 100% safe.  Clearly either I have watched too many TV shows like Homeland and 24 or I was a detective in my previous life!

The kids rode the slides three times each!

Now that we have our fill of Antwerp, we can visit in 10 years or so…..No need to rush back.  I would never want to raise my kids there or do I have the desire to ever live there again.  I am sure it’s great for some, just not us.

The Netherlands & Belgium: Family Vacation

We recently returned from a two week trip to The Netherlands and Belgium to visit family and friends.  Soren was 2.9 years and Maebh was 5.5 months.

I took well over a thousand photos so here is just a small collection of the photos.

 

 


We visited the Antwerp Zoo – a place Nils and I visited pre-kids so it was a bit special!


We stayed with Lise, Mark & Vaughn in Amsterdam.  We played a bit, walked around and visited the market.


We go to visit the market – which we all LOVED!

Antwerp, Belgium: August Visit

Another non-blog post vs. a photo dump from Facebook album download.

We had a nice time visiting Soren’s Pake & Beppe in Antwerp, Belgium.  Soren was 19 months old – not walking on his own and I was just pregnant with Maebh.

 



Long story short is that I IVF and was not yet sure if I was pregnant and this time round, I couldn’t help but to take a home test – over the moon when it showed JA – two stripes!!

It was quite hot this trip so we bought a green pool and put it on the roof terrace.  You could see this pool on Google Earth years later!


 

 

 

 

We used to live in the top two floors of the apartment building on the left.

 

 

 

 

We traveled up to Amsterdam to visit Nils’ sister’s new baby girl, Vaughn, stopped in the Apenheul (zoo for only monkeys) and saw some friends and other family members.

 

 

 

 

 

And that is where I saw the tallest Dutch girl in my life – she was taller than Nils at 6’8″.  I had him walk by her for the photo.

 

Yes there was a man wearing WOODEN shoes at the Monkey Zoo!

And spotted a guy wearing REAL wooden shoes around the zoo – I thought I saw it all.