ANTWERP – Belgium

Belgian mussels and fries and the architecture make no concessions. It’s Belgian; diamond cutting to 57 facets. Superb new diamond museum and you follow one diamond from mine to being set in a ring. Deals with Conflict Diamonds; finest Belgian chocolate.. watch it being carved and painted with; Rubens house and studio. De Koninck’s great beer. Aurelia restaurant excellent; very lively nightlife scene … Cafe d’Anvers; two thousand bars ! Songbird market; Fountain and ‘man throwing a hand’ history explained; Maritime museum; river trips and harbour tours; you can visit Brugges; Corinthia Hotel well placed and comfy.