When Dave was here last, we went to Antwerp. I’d really been looking forward to it, because from what everyone had told me, it sounded the best of the Flemish daytrip towns, and so many people had told me that I would totally love it, that it was really young and cool and arty. Maybe that built it up too much, but I must admit i was a little disappointed. I wasn’t expecting it to be pretty like Ghent or Bruges, so I was prepared for it being a bit more of a modern/industrial city (it’s bigger than the others, and has a working port that is bigger than the city itself). But I guess I did also expect there to be more independent shops, cafes and streetart. There were loads of designer shops, but just a handful of younger/vintage ones, all the cafes were closed and that klony stencil was literally the only streetart I saw.
I guess part of it had to do with the atrocious weather. It started raining just as we left the house, but we were hoping it would just be a temporary thing. Instead it was torrential for a good three hours. We walked to a recommended cafe/cultural centre in the pissing rain, which unfortunately turned out to be in a shed with mesh walls (it would have been great in the sun), and then we were hungry as well as soaking. We did eventually have a very nice lunch in the MAS, the shiny new museum in the port (second picture from the bottom), which also has a viewing platform that I’m sure would be marvelous in good weather, but somewhat useless when visibility is about 5 metres. We also went to the fashion museum, which had a pretty interesting exhibition on women’s daily wear between 1750 and 1950. By the time we came out of that it even stopped raining and later the sun even came out for a bit and we found a street with antique shops and got some outfit pictures. So it wasn’t all bad, but I can’t help feeling I’ve been to a different place than what people had been telling me about.
Outfit stats: * jumper – charity shop * dress – I made it * brooch – vintage market * shoes – converse * bag – dave made it *