January 5, 2018
According to folklore, the city got its name from a legend about a giant called Antigoon who lived near the Schelde river. He demanded a toll from passing boatmen, and for those who refused, he severed one of their hands and threw it into the river. Eventually the giant was killed by a young hero named Silvius Brabo who´s statue is located in front of the town hall. Silvius Brabo cut off the giant´s own hand and flung it into the river. Hence the name Antwerpen, from Dutch "Hand Werpen". The inhabitants of Antwerp are nicknamed Sinjoren, after the Spanish honorific señor or French seigneur, "lord", referring to the Spanish noblemen who ruled the city in the 17th century.
When looking for a place to stay, we found a hotel right next to the train station, and only a five minute walk from it. From here we can venture out into Antwerp and explore the city and what it has to offer. The hotel is located in the district on the West side of the train station and is called Diamant (Diamond) and is known as the Diamond Quarter (Diamantkwartier).
Antwerp has been a focus of the diamond trade for several centuries. Antwerp's World Diamond Centre and four trading exchanges including the Diamond Club of Antwerp and the Beurs voor Diamanthandel were founded by Hasidic diamantaires.
Friday, January 5th
Today starts our citytrip to Antwerp, Belgium. This time we take an early train to Rotterdam where we board the international train that will bring us to Antwerp Central Station. The last will take about an hour or two to get there. Arrived at Antwerp......
Saturday, January 6th
Sunday, January 7th
We start the day with breakfast at the hotel after which we head out into town again. One of the attractions of Antwerp, are the various markets that are held on a regular basis. Today there is a market at the Theaterplein and surrounding streets......