Trip Start Aug 15, 2010
21Trip End Dec 11, 2010
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Breendonk is a fort left over from World War 1 that the Nazis turned into a concentration camp during the second world war. While not a "death camp" there were still many atrocities committed here and the mood was very somber. The isa group got a tour of the fort from an excellent guide who went out of his way to make it interesting to a group of young adults by having us play the role of the prisoners and him the role of a Nazi guard. Needless to say the experience was memorable!
After our tour of Breendonk we drove another 15 minutes to our final destination of Antwerp
After the tour a group got dinner and then went out for the evening. Antwerp is a very nice city that mixes old style with new functionality and it has a much more modern feeling than Gent, Bruges, and in some places even Brussels. I'd say it's certainly in my top three favorite Belgian cities and would recommend anyone in the area to check it out.