Kerstmarkt 2016

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Kerstmarkt entrance

Every winter I look forward to the Kerstmarkt, or Christmas Market, in Antwerp. As an American, it is still such a new, exciting experience because we don’t have anything like it – or at least not in Georgia!

The historic district of Antwerp gets a Christmas makeover. All of the historic buildings are decorated with lights, giant Christmas trees are put on display, and wooden stalls are set up throughout the squares selling holiday gifts and most importantly, delicious German food! My must-eats at the market are: spekpatatjes (potatoes with bacon), bratwurst dogs, a few shots of jenever, and gluhwein!

This is the first time my parents have been in town for the Kerstmarkt. Unfortunately for the first night, my mom wasn’t able to go. But we made up for it a few days later!

 

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Ice skating in the Groenplaats

 

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Groenplaats ice skating

 

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Wooden stalls for shopping

 

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Heading toward the Grote Markt

 

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With dad in the Grote Markt, in front of City Hall

 

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Grote Markt

 

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The Igloo

 

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Braatwurst!

 

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A visit isn’t complete without a few shots of jenever!

 

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Dad enjoying the market

 

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Cheers!

 

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City Hall

 

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The giant Christmas tree in the Grote Markt

 

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Dad and me

 

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The new Nello & Patrasche sculpture in front of the cathedral

 

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Koen in line for spekpatatjes

 

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Giant pan full of spekpatatjes

 

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Oliebollen (a bit like a fried Dutch donut) for dessert!

 

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Fun mirrors a few days later with my mom

 

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Nello & Patrasche sculpture

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Mom getting her gluhwein!

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