Backpacking through Europe Part 3: Anterwerp

Backpacking through Europe Part 3: Anterwerp

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Visiting Antwerp was not in our initial plan. We were going to the Hague that day. Antwerp was just on the way. Why not, so we decided a little detour. Upon the arrival at the Central Station, we were already impressed. This station, designed by Louise Delacenserie, was probably the most beautiful one I have encountered. So majestic, no wonder Antwerp was once the richest city in Europe. Here, the backpack is making its first appearance. Yup, we carried the bags on our shoulders that day. Luckily, we packed very light.  The name Antwerp, or Antwerpen literally means 'hand to throw'. The legend has it, that the river of Anterwerp was guarded by a giant. If the passing boatmen did not pay their toll, the giant would cut off one of their…
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Food of Brussels

Food of Brussels

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
Since human civilisation, culinary art has been an integral part of people. Food tells so much of a country's history, culture and its people. For us, food is a very important element of travelling. We often find if the place doesn't offer good food (i.e something unique of the place), it would feel like something is missing.   Moules-frites (Mussels and fries) To certain extent, Moules-frites is the national dish of Belgium, just like how Fish & chips is for Britain. Many theories surrounding on why frites are so popular in Belgium. Some have suggested this maybe because that the Belgian farmers were the firsts to embrace potato farming, hence the early access. Yet, some have stated that the frites were suppose to be substitutes of fish back in the 18th century.…
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