Talk to the Hand in Antwerp

Waking up in Antwerp, we decided to go for a walk outside our door. Just in front of the building is De Keyserlei leading to Antwerpen train station, and across the way was the pedestrian only shopping street, Meir. Antwerp got its name from a legend of a giant who lived near the Scheldt river and collected a toll from citizens. One day a young hero cut off the hand of the giant & tossed it into the river, hence “hand thrown” or in Dutch “hand werpen”.

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Antwerp is home to the great painter Peter Paul Rubens. The cathedrals contain his paintings, and his home is a historical landmark.

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At the end of our walking tour, naturally, we stopped for a beer overlooking the Scheldt River.

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