Monday, February 23, 2009

MB in BE: Antwerp Edition


Friday and Saturday was our whirlwind survey of Antwerp. Lodging in the shadow of Antwerp's single-spired cathedral, we toured a 16th Century printing press where we saw a bunch of Rubens' work AND the earliest known depiction of a potato plant (boo ya!), had some rather exceptional broodjes and some gorgeous baked confections, drank a 27-year-old beer (no foolin'), subjected Myrna to her very first shopping mall, and enjoyed many lazy strolls through the old town. And we put 5 carats in our baby girl's ear. Well, maybe not that last part, but you hafta admit, it woulda been pretty funny.
We had some trouble escaping on Sunday morning, the elevators in the central train station in both Antwerp and Ghent (our next destination) squirreled away and, in one case, simply too confusing to operate. When this girl learns to walk, she's on luggage duty. We've lugged her stroller up and down all nature of staircases now.
Speaking of Myrna, she's been quite the Chatty Cathy the past week. When spoken to, she returns smiles, laughs, and long sing-songy "ooohs." We have several five- to ten-minute conversations with her each day. We're not sure what it is we're discussing, but I'm pretty sure that verbal agreements of this nature aren't legally binding in Belgium. Much of the time, though, she naps.

6 comments:

Christina Merhar said...

Ah, good old Hotel Postiljon! We stayed there too :) I wonder if we remembered to sign the guest book... We found M&D in the guest book when we were there.

Chris Burkhalter said...

Wow, weird! We didn't think to check the guest book. Should've known...

Question: Was there a door to your bathroom? We had a toilet, shower, and sink in our room but... no door whatsoever. We'll just leave it at that.

Christina Merhar said...

we had a door :) i think....

Christina Merhar said...

OK, Eric confirmed... I was wrong... we had our own shower and sink without a door. then the toilet was down the hall (with a door).

Chris Burkhalter said...

Yeah, we often used the bathroom down the hall.

Annamarie said...

I would re-think that theory. It doesn't matter if it's legally binding. Just that Myrna remembers, and she WILL. You have NO idea the movies and/or concerts you are now committing to. I still have nightmares about the Avril concert.