We'd noticed a big market set up in the square outside our hotel--actually we heard them setting up at about 4 am this morning!
View from our window:
Statue of Peter Paul Rubens in the square by the cathedral:
Statue of the Builders near the front entrance, a tribute to the builders of the cathedral
There are many tombs from the mid 1600's to the 1800"s
Carved wooden confessional, from the 1800's:
One of the many chapels:
The carved wooden pulpit--amazingly detailed:
There are still some areas with frescos from the 1600's:
Of course, one of the main draw is the beautiful Rubens
Decent from the Cross, 1612
After our interesting visit to Our Lady, we decided it was time for a bite of lunch. We picked a tiny little restaurant around the corner--it was actually attached to the back of the church. This was our view from our table:
We each had a bowl of vegetable soup and shared a cheese plate:
The owner of the restaurant visited with us, and gave us some "insider"tips on places to see in his city. He even marked them on a map, and told us which tram to take.
After our lunch it was back out into the rain! We roamed the streets around the Cathedral. The architecture in Antwerp is beautiful:
We found this beer store--375 Belgian Beers! Doesn't David look happy? Of course we went in for a look--but didn't buy anything.
In the steady rain we made our way back to the area around the Cathedral. We enjoyed the pretty narrow streets and the brick buildings:
We decided it was time for a "duck & cover" stop to get out of the rain--and have a beer, of course! We picked a nice looking pub, and settled into a good spot under the awning. We met the most delightful young man, and ended up sitting and visiting with him for almost 2 hours. He was very interested in US/World politics, and especially interested in our views of our political system. He insisted in buying our beer--we meet the nicest people when we travel!
By now it was almost 5 pm, and we'd walked miles & miles! We decided we'd go back to our teeny-tiny hotel room and rest up before dinner. It was good to get dried out and warmed up!
We went back out for dinner about 7 pm, headed for a restaurant that a local couple had recommended to us yesterday. We found it with the help of our trusty iPhone Apple Maps. Unfortunately, we should have had reservations--as no tables were available. Darn! The menu looked very interesting……
We wandered down a few side streets, and chose a nice looking little cafe that was fairly busy. We had a good dinner of ribs with a honey/beer BBQ sauce:
And a local specialty--Flemish Stew: