Antwerp

storrsroars

Exiled in Pittsburgh
Joined
Mar 23, 2012
Messages
8,928
Likes
10,858
#1
So we had a change in plans and are going to put off our Munich/Krakow trip for now, but we are going to be in Antwerp for a concert in late September and are building around that.

Amsterdam will be on the itinerary, and we'll probably fly into Paris as it's easiest from Pittsburgh and wifey has never been there. What else in the general vicinity is worth visiting? And who has the best french fries and beer?

Edit: flying into LHT now, not Paris. Not many options for direct flights from PIT :-(
At least it's still a quick train ride to Antwerp or Paris.
 
Last edited:

tzznandrew

Most Posts in Greatest Boneyard Thread of All-Time
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
9,432
Likes
13,484
#2
So we had a change in plans and are going to put off our Munich/Krakow trip for now, but we are going to be in Antwerp for a concert in late September and are building around that.

Amsterdam will be on the itinerary, and we'll probably fly into Paris as it's easiest from Pittsburgh and wifey has never been there. What else in the general vicinity is worth visiting? And who has the best french fries and beer?

Edit: flying into LHT now, not Paris. Not many options for direct flights from PIT :-(
At least it's still a quick train ride to Antwerp or Paris.
Belgians have the best french fries and beer.

Bruges is nearby and though it is a little touristy during a day (particularly a weekend), if you head down the back alleys there are good bars, good views, and you can get Westvleteren 12.

I thought Brussels sucked. If you really like the Flemish masters, their museum has some good stuff, but I think it's better to skip.

If you like champagne, it's an hour bullet train to Reims, which has a number of champagne houses (and an amazing cathedral). If you can drive stick, there are more boutique champagne places and WWI sites right around Reims, and it's much cheaper than Paris.
 
Joined
Dec 25, 2011
Messages
6,256
Likes
3,808
#3
Belgians have the best french fries and beer.

Bruges is nearby and though it is a little touristy during a day (particularly a weekend), if you head down the back alleys there are good bars, good views, and you can get Westvleteren 12.

I thought Brussels sucked. If you really like the Flemish masters, their museum has some good stuff, but I think it's better to skip.

If you like champagne, it's an hour bullet train to Reims, which has a number of champagne houses (and an amazing cathedral). If you can drive stick, there are more boutique champagne places and WWI sites right around Reims, and it's much cheaper than Paris.

I second Bruges, love that little town (and they have one of the off-the-radar football clubs I follow). Brussels is so-so, though I do enjoy in the warmer months lounging around Grad-Place in the evening and seeing how far I can make it through one of the pub's exhaustive beer menus.

On the Dutch side, Amsterdam is fun and has some great museums; but, a bit touristy. Can easily swing a day trip to Haarlem or if its warm, the beaches around Zandvort from there. I have not been there; but, I have a friend who really like Rotterdamn as a 'true' Dutch city. Of course, you can always grab a bike and zip around most fo the country on two-wheels.

Back over the France, Paris is Paris. Great museums, culture, and food (though expensive); but, overwhelmed at times by tourists and the underwhelmed by the less than friendly Parisians. Its a lot better if you know some French and are not afraid to go off the beaten path as the Metro makes it easy to get to and the heart of Paris is in the neighborhoods, like the old guy in the 7th arr. my wife and I found on our honeymoon off of a side street that made the best crepes from his little cart I have ever had to date (the guy was actually reviewed by the NY Times) or the family run, tiny, 4-Star Michelin restaurant we stumbled across in the back-end of the Latin Quarter whose menu was only in French where the food was amazing while siting next to another couple, one of whom was a Brit that studied in the same city I did in France. Outside of Paris, Versailles is an easy half-day trip on the RER while Chartres, Reims and Rouen ae accessaible by train for day trips. The one area I have not been to yet and need to get to is Normandy (my Grandfather landed at Utah beach on D-Day), which is a quick train ride from Paris; but, one needs more than one day there.
 

storrsroars

Exiled in Pittsburgh
Joined
Mar 23, 2012
Messages
8,928
Likes
10,858
#4
My wife is surprising me with an undexpected interest in WW1/WW2 sites - which means getting over to Liege/Bastogne I suppose. And that means making Bruges a home base is kinda tough, much as I'd like that.

Paris I got. Been there, although wife hasn't. I've been to the Louvre, but she'll need to see Venus de Milo, but as I've skipped over d'Orsay, from what I'm reading here, that's worth it, so maybe we can make the Louvre trip pretty short. Think we've got a pretty good AirBnB in a nice neighborhood. I'm going to defer to her on what she wants to do in Paris.

Anyway, really don't have any urge to spend time in Brussels, but I'm finding Cinquantenaire intriguing - looks like a Smithsonian clone but for all of civilization. Anyone been?

Seems there may be some logistical challenges in getting to that glass of Westveletern 12...
 
...

Top