Let me introduce myself: my name is Anaïs (30), Lou’s mom (2) and I work at the sales department of fashion company Hop Agenturen. I have been living in beautiful Brabant for five years now, with Han. But as a true Antwerp girl, my heart still skips a beat for this beautiful city along the Schelde. That’s why you can find me there almost every week, cause it feels like coming home every time!
Time to teach Lou a little bit about our Belgium culture :) Since he was born in Antwerp, it feels like my duty to show him his 2nd city, city by the Schelde. The Schelde has always been an ideal place to get out and let the wind blow through your hear and think about nothing.
When parking the car, we go up to ‘De Steen’ (The Rock), the oldest building in Antwerp, which was really a castle and was even used as a prison! It served as a naval museum in recent years and is a popular place for school trips. Lou is particularly fascinated by the impressive view of the Lange Wapper that’s in front of De Steen, the legendary giant from the Antwerp folklore.
Along the Schelde it’s lovely to stroll and watch boats. Lou falls from one surprise to another: large vessels, dredgers on the other side, large cranes, gulls … :)
Tip: on October 11 there will be the Huysman Antwerp Race: thé race for large yachts. It’s super impressive to see this once. It is organized every year in October and attracts huge crowds. Don’t miss out. We’ll definitely take a look!
Cruise with a Studio 100 children’s boat
Until then, you can cruise on the Schelde with the Flandria! Less impressive than the yachts, but equally charming. Each citizen from Antwerp has grown up here and sat on it at least a few times. For €10 you sail around the harbor and you can see everything up close .
The Flandria now also organizes Studio 100 boat trips! These are the things you don’t know, when you don’t have kids :) Children look for the treasure that’s hidden on the boat with Piet Piraat or Kabouter Plop. And when the treasure is found, the party starts with kids champagne and waffles. Too bad that Lou’s still too small, because I think he’d love that!
We walk back through the promenade which ends on South Terrace. Fortunately, the weather is fantastic and we enjoyed the sunshine outside. With a delicious pancake on his plate, it seems Lou likes the walk and fresh air like me, ’cause he looks a bit dreamy as the boats passing by.
He’s just completely in his own world, love that!