Anniversary Weekend

Plantin-Moretus Museum

Plantin-Moretus Museum

Koen and I just celebrated 7 years of being married! We decided to spend our long weekend off together exploring Antwerp a bit more. Tourists in our own city!

Day One

For our first day of celebrating, we visited the Plantin-Moretus Museum. It’s one of my favorites in Antwerp. The museum houses the two oldest working printing presses in the world. You’re able to walk around and visit the old printing presses and typography rooms, as well as seeing the old shop and living quarters of the family Plantin-Moretus. It’s a bit like two museums in one – the printing establishment and the former residence. So beautiful!

After the museum we were in need of snacks, so as a tourist, where to go? Frituur No. 1 for fries, of course! We needed to finish with something sweet and headed to Momade Cupcakes. I couldn’t make up my mind so I bought both the caramel and the oreo!

For dinner we had a proper fall meal – wild boar steak with oven roasted vegetables, chestnuts, and stove pears. Perfect first day!

Vrijdagmarkt

Vrijdagmarkt

 

Vrijdagmarkt

Vrijdagmarkt

 

An Antwerp cabinet

An Antwerp cabinet

 

Beautiful manuscript from the 9th century

Beautiful manuscript from the 9th century

 

Inside the courtyard

Inside the courtyard

 

Detail in the courtyard

Detail in the courtyard

 

Busts on display in the courtyard

Busts on display in the courtyard

 

Former bookshop

Former bookshop

 

Banned book list

Banned book list

 

Scales for weighing money

Scale for weighing money

 

Proofreading

Proofreading

 

Christophe Plantin

Christophe Plantin

 

Printing Presses

Printing Presses

 

Two oldest working printing presses in the world

Two oldest working printing presses in the world

 

Quick selfie

Quick selfie

 

Examples of the different stages

Examples of the different stages – from start to finish

 

The Red Lion of Verdussen with a signboard, also a printer's mark, of one branch of the great Antwerp printing dynasty

The Red Lion of Verdussen with a signboard, also a printer’s mark, of one branch of the great Antwerp printing dynasty

 

Living quarters

Living quarters

 

Living quarters

Living quarters

 

Parchment with seal of Philip II

Parchment with seal of Philip II

 

Plantin

Plantin

 

Scales

Scales

 

Library

Library

 

Heading toward the Grote Markt

Heading toward the Grote Markt

 

Frituur No. 1

Frituur No. 1

 

Friet Speciaal and a Jupiler

Friet Speciaal and a Jupiler

 

Heading to Momade

Heading to Momade

 

Momade

Momade

 

So many to choose from

So many to choose from

 

Oreo, caramel, and chocolate cherry

Oreo, caramel, and chocolate cherry

 

Roasted chestnuts and carrots

Roasted chestnuts and carrots

 

Wild boar with oven roasted chestnuts and carrots, stove pears, and cranberry sauce

Wild boar with oven roasted chestnuts and carrots, stove pears, and cranberry sauce

Day Two

For the second day, we ventured out to Zurenborg, a neighborhood just outside of Antwerp in Berchem. Zurenborg is most famous for it’s Belle Epoque/Art Nouveau style architecture. Before walking the Cogels Osylei, the most prestigious street, we headed to Dageraadplaats for a drink. It’s the big square in the middle of of Zurenborg surrounded by cafes and the Norbertuskerk. I am an Elite Yelper, so we of course visited the cafe with the highest rating – Zeezicht. Very cozy!

After the drink we were getting hungry, so we started walking toward the more famous street, stopping for burgers at Wattman located on the Tramplein at the edge of the Cogels Osylei. Wattman is located in a Belle Epoque style house. We took our time eating and peaking through the window at the different art nouveau buildings. Once we were finished, we took a stroll down the Cogels Osylei. The street is much smaller than I expected, but still worth the visit! Actually all of the architecture throughout Zurenborg was worth the visit – so many beautiful buildings!

While in Berchem, we couldn’t pass up visiting Kaasaffineurs Van Tricht, the #1 cheese shop in Europe. Kaasmeester Van Tricht is especially famous in Belgium and the Netherlands. You cannot enter a Michelin star restaurant here and not find his name on the menu. He supplies the cheese to all of the top restaurants. Everything we sampled was amazing. Sooooo difficult to make choices but in the end we settled on a creamy gorgonzola, brokkelkaas, provencal goat cheese, and fig bread. Mmmmmmm!

Day Three

By day three we were ready to just stay in and watch movies – a real lazy day. But we did venture out for lunch! We ate at Finjan and had the most delicious falafel we’ve both ever tasted. If you are in Antwerp and love falafels you must visit!

Walking under the train tracks to enter Zurenborg

Walking under the train tracks to enter Zurenborg

 

Dageraadplaats

Dageraadplaats

 

Zeezicht

Zeezicht

 

Inside

Inside

 

A couple of Belgian beers

A couple of Belgian beers

 

Wattman

Wattman

 

Inside

Inside

 

Koen and I both ordered the bacon burger

Koen and I both ordered the Wattburger – an organic burger with coleslaw and bacon

 

Ready to eat

Ready to eat

 

Mmmm

Mmmm

 

Cogels Osylei

Cogels Osylei

 

Anniversary Weekend

Anniversary Weekend

Anniversary Weekend

Anniversary Weekend

Anniversary Weekend

Anniversary Weekend

Anniversary Weekend

View of the Cogels Osylei

 

Kaasaffineurs Van Tricht en Zoon

Kaasaffineurs Van Tricht en Zoon

 

Blue cheeses

Blue and red cheeses

 

So many to choose from!

So many to choose from!

 

Final selection!

Final selection!

 

Finjan

Finjan

 

My falafel pita

My falafel pita

 

Koen's falafel and hummus plate

Koen’s falafel and hummus plate

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