Saturday, 21 April 2018

Amsterdam 2018 - Day 3 #Travel

Good morning everyone! I am so excited to be back in full swing with blogposts. As you can see I am trying to be more active and in fact I posted four blogposts this week so make sure to check them out!

For today's blogpost I will be sharing with you our 3rd day in Amsterdam. This means that the vlog for Day 3 and Day 4 is now out and you can check it out here. If you missed the previous vlogs for Day 1 and for Day 2 make sure to watch them too and if you haven't read the blogpost for the first two days you can do so here!

On our third day we went for a day trip to Antwerp, Belgium. To be honest with you I always underestimated the beauty of Belgium. I fell in love with this city and I am definitely visiting it again and visiting other cities in Belgium. I don't why but there's something about it that is so beautiful that makes you just want to explore it. My friend Beverly decided that she will be taking us round the city so she was our tour leader for the day. She got so excited to show us round the city, mind you it was her first time there too! She started looking for information on her phone as we toured the areas and tell us all about it as if she was an actual tour leader!

Het Steen

Our first stop in Antwerp was this magnificent fortification. This literally means ''The Stone Castle''.  It's a medieval fortress and it was built after the Viking attack  as the first stone fortress of Antwerp. It's the oldest building in this city. I don't know why but I was in awe at how stunning this was so I obviously took a couple of photos!

Grote Markt

The Grote Markt  is basically a town square in Antwerp that is situation at the centre of this beautiful city. It is filled with a stunning city hall, many restaurants and cafeterias. While we were in Antwerp we obviously couldn't resist not trying the delicious Belgian waffles that Belgium is so popular for! I can tell you, they tasted AMAZING!

The statue of Nello & Patrasche

Nello and Patrasche are the main characters in the 1872 novel A Dog of Flanders. The story takes place in Hoboken and Antwerp. The Cathedral of Our Lady and various paintings by Rubens play an important role in the novel. Nello, a poor orphan boy, becomes friends with Patrasche, an abandoned cart dog. They walk to town together every day. They often visit the cathedral, where Nello admires the paintings by Rubens. Due to a series of setbacks, the lives of Nello and Patrasche end in that same cathedral. They die together from hardship. This moving and atypical Christmas story holds a message of pride and unconditional friendship.
We also went for a walk with our friends at one of their enormous parks and just took our time to explore the city. The best part was watching the sunset as we waited for our coach to arrive. It was simply stunning!

And that was the end of Day 3, I hope you enjoyed it! Blogpost for our last day will soon be up. In the meantime don't forget to watch the vlog right here.
Thanks for all the support everyone!
Deborah X

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