Celebrating in Berchem

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#1 Cheese shop in Europe

To celebrate my thesis defense, my father-in-law joined me in Berchem for an assortment of delicious cheeses at Michel Van Tricht & Zoon Kaasaffineurs before joining Koen for dinner at Orso Pizzeria.

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Macon, Georgia 2017

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Macon Beer Company

My parents have lived in Macon, Georgia for a few years now, so with this visit they were able to show us around and take us to some of their favorite places.

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Christmas 2016

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Family together on Christmas

 

For Christmas this year, we gathered in Breda for a potluck Italian dinner at Sofie’s apartment. Everyone prepared a different dish to bring for dinner. Koen made sourdough focaccia and I prepared pasta lazio, a penne dish with chicken, artichokes and sundried tomatoes.

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Mom’s Birthday Part Two: Orso Pizzeria

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Orso Pizzeria

 

Because my mom was celebrating her birthday in Antwerp, of course we wanted to go out for dinner. I feel like over the years my parents have really gotten to know Antwerp the city, but not really Antwerp the province, which comprises of many smaller cities. For the birthday dinner we decided on Orso Pizzeria in Berchem. Berchem is most famous for its art nouveau style architecture. On our way to dinner we were able to look at all of the beautiful houses!

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Florence Day Seven

Cooking School Graduates!

Cooking School Graduates!

 

We wanted to plan something special for our last day in Florence – an Italian cooking class! We learned how to make two types of pasta (tagliatelle and ravioli), ragu, and tiramisu. The lesson started first at the San Lorenzo Market, where we received a lesson about the origins of Italian cooking a regional dishes. Waste not, want not! That’s the only way to explain the abundance of cow stomach sandwiches in Florence. The class was so much fun and of course we were able to enjoy the dishes we prepared with a red Chianti!

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Florence Day Six

Aristotelian planetarium, Italian ca. 1600

Aristotelian planetarium, Italian ca. 1600

 

Day Six was a full day of sightseeing! With only two days left, we really needed to narrow down what we still wanted to do and make choices.

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Florence Day Five

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower

Day Five Koen and I did a lot of walking and climbing. So sore the following days!

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Florence Day Four

Eggs Florentine on foccacia for breakfast!

Eggs Florentine on focaccia for breakfast!

Day Four was our first day spent together with everyone. One of the big things everyone wanted to do while in Tuscany was to see the countryside, visit vineyards, and sample Chianti wines. After a bit of searching we decided on the Chianti Afternoon Wine Tour.

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Florence Day Three

Mom and me with Michelangelo's David

Mom and me with Michelangelo’s David

Day Three was a Sunday – the first Sunday of November, sooo all the museums were free! After a bit of discussing, Koen, Tamar, my mom and I decided on Galleria dell’Accademia, most famous for housing Michelangelo’s David. We left early in the morning and luckily the line wasn’t too bad!

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