view in the main square
but there's so much rain!
of Europe's little secrets, Antwerp is a charming old city with cobblestone
streets, great churches, historic buildings, and Rueben's art..
Of course, I didn't know any of this when I accepted my job..
It all came as a very unexpected surprise..
I was glad to make this my new home.
on the Schelde River (a word that is virtually impossible for an English
speaker to pronouce correctly), Antwerp is Europe's second largest
port and the home of the world's largest
diamond industry.. In the early 16th
centrury it was Western Europe's economic center. The Museum of Fine
Arts should make the list of great treasures in Europe, but it remains
one of Antwerp's little secrets.
the middle of the Grote Markt stands the Brabo fountain. According
to a legend, a terrible giant, called Druoon Antigoon, lived on the
banks of the river Schelde in ancient times..
Whenever sailors on the Schelde River refused to pay toll to
the giant, he punished them by cutting off their hand..
A Roman soldier, Silvius Brabo, managed to kill the giant.
Brabo cut off the hand of the giant and threw the hand away in the
river. . Hence, according to the legend,
the name of the city : ant (Eng: hand) -werpen (Eng: to throw).
. A nice legend, but untrue. Nevertheless,
the 'hand' is the symbol of Antwerp.
the center of the city is a walk back in history..
The Grote Markt has Renaissance style terraces and the Cathedral
of Our Lady dates back to the 14th century..
If you should get tired of walking, there are over 2,500 bars
and cafés.. And, what really amazes me
is that they always seem to be filled.
I have already said that Antwerp is one of Europe's hidden treasures.
But, hidden away in Atwerp, where almost nobody finds them, are two
of my murals. So, go explore Oscare
and Zenith where you'll see
real hidden treasures!