A quick stop in Flanders

Trip Start Feb 12, 2008
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Flag of Belgium  , Antwerpen,
Sunday, November 1, 2009

Our rail trip across Northcentral Europe was one that we had been looking forward to for quite a while – primarily because of our final destination and the event taking place – the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But the entire trip proved to be a great time full of fantastic meals and the best beer in the world. Our first stop was our third time in Belgium, this time pausing for lunch in the town of Mechelen.

Mechelen is a pleasant town halfway between Brussels and Antwerp. Mechelen became quite wealthy during the Middle Ages, though the citizens of Mechelen's eyes ended up being bigger than their wallets – they started a magnificent cathedral that would rival any in Flanders. The cathedral was started in 1200 and over the next 300+ years they never did manage to finish the steeple. It is still impressive none-the-less and we enjoyed sitting outside under cover, enjoying Croque Madams and Mechelen beer in the main square, looking out at the incomplete masterpiece. It was a great way to start the trip and just a taste of what was to come.
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