On a scale of 1 to easily impressed, I am definitely towards the latter end. Give me some food, a nice building to gawp at and a warm bed at the end of the day, and I am yours. So when I first visited Antwerp a good 4 years ago and wasn’t too impressed, I pretty much wrote it off in my mind. Indeed, if asked to describe Antwerp in a couple of words a few weeks ago, I would’ve had to say cold, cold and, er, cold.
Since moving to Amsterdam, however, people have been singing their praises of Antwerp to me at every given chance. Complaining about the shopping in Amsterdam? Go to Antwerp, it’s much better. Bored of the Netherlands but not got the budget for the Maldives? Nip to Antwerp, it’s only an hour away. Looking for good food and good prices? Try Antwerp. After nearly two years of this, I began to suspect that maybe I had written Antwerp off too soon, that maybe there was a charm about the city that I had missed, all those years ago.