Our Tour guide Chris in Breendock
The exterior of Breendock
A wall containing some of the names of the Breendonk prisoners
After Breendonk, we rode onward to Antwerp, a port city here in Belgium.Upon arriving, we walked through the city and went out to lunch. Kat, Lexie, and I stopped to eat at the cute outdoor patio of a restaurant called De groote witte arend, or "the great white eagle." For lunch, I tried a sandwich with radishes, onion, and cheese with a side of fries and it was pretty good. The other girls sampled the salad and the tomato and meatball soup, which smelled incredible.
Since we were only in Antwerp for the day, our next stop was the Museum aan de Stroom, or the Museum on the River. This museum, which opened in 2011, is a must see for anyone visiting Antwerp.For this museum, we opted for the guided tour and our tour guide was like a history book of knowledge, which made the tour extremely educational. The building has a terrace, called the Panorama, on the top where we got a 360-degree view of Antwerp and the river. Inside, each floor of the museum is divided by a different theme. Some of the topics addressed in the museum were Life and Death, which was my favorite, Power, and Metropolis. This museum did an awesome job incorporating multimedia presentations with the artifacts and pieces of art. I enjoyed the themes used on each floor, since they were unusual compared to the sections of many other museums. Since we only had two hours, we had a brief tour of each floor, yet I could have spent two hours on each floor it was that wonderful! If you are ever in Antwerp, the MAS is a must see! After our time in the MAS, it was time to head back to Leuven.
A Minerva car from the 1930's
A giant mask used in Carnival
Getting sassy with a statue
All in all, Antwerp and Breendonk were two great areas to combine into one day trip that was not at all overwhelming. I do however suggest that if you visit the MAS, try to go for more than jsut two hours, since there is so much to see. I enjoyed Antwerp so much, I am looking forward to planning a return trip very soon!