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21st Antwerp meeting


Organized by:

<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/2ed2e/57a3e/"target="_blank">Diamonddog</a> = Rudy (Belgium)
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/23575/57a3e/"target="_blank">Irisbe</a> = Danielle (Belgium)

joined the meeting:
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/e690/57a3e/"target="_blank">B-Caro</a> = Caroline (Belgium)
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/527a/"target="_blank">Rene_cardoen</a>(Belgium)
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/4f867/"target="_blank">foxyglobe</a> = Daniel (Belgium)
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/24abd/17a/"target="_blank">Xowe</a> = Yvonne (Netherlands)Staying the weekend
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/3a288/57a3e/"target="_blank">Sargentjeff</a> = Jeff (American in Germany) staying the weekend
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/4dce3/57a3e/"target="_blank">Sapere</a> = Mariangela (Italian in Germany) Staying the weekend
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/125ab/57a3e/"target="_blank">Catnl</a> = Carine(Netherlands) Staying the weekend
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/309eb/57a3e/"target="_blank">Nicoleken</a> = Nicole + Leo (Belgium)
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/1d9d4/"target="_blank">Piggy73</a> = Paula & John (UK) staying the weekend
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/2eb8c/"target="_blank">Robin_Linda</a>
(Netherlands) staying the weekend
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/10fba/57a3e/"target="_blank">Tompt</a> = Tom and Gonnie (Netherlands) staying the weekend
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/30447/57a3e/"target="_blank">Procaccini</a> = Guiseppe (Italy) staying the weekend
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/8734/57a3e/"target="_blank">eden_teuling</a> = bes-elisabeth and Pip (The Netherlands)
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/2fdd5/"target="_blank">Tinytuck</a> = Steff(Germany) staying the weekend
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/3e8ca/"target="_blank">Martin_nl</a> = Martin (Netherlands) Staying the weekend
<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/2bf0c/57a3e/"target="_blank">ATLC</a>


10:40-12u30 : visit to the Diamond museum Astrid plein, audio phone in different languages included .
12u00-13u00 : coming together at the Paon Astrid plein + taking orders conc. sandwiches of Panos and of drinks at the Quinten Matsijs.
13u30-14u30 : short visit to the Central Station, then walk through De Keyserlei, Meir, picking up sandwiches, Groenplaats, Melkmarkt, stop for a drink at the Quinten Matsijs, Grote Markt
15u00-16u30 : guided visit to the Saint Paul's Church with English guide., nice collection of famous Antwerp paintings and treasureroom, max 20 persons. Alternative is going for a drink and a short city walk with Rudy.

17u00-18u00 : de Vagant : jeneverbar! They will specially open their cellar for us so we can all fit in the small pub!
18u00-19u00 : other pubs: 11e gebod? Grote Witte Arend? Pelgrom, or the Big market square where you will have all the cottages surrounding the opendoor iceskating piste and where you can try some Glühwein

Saying goodbye to the ones who cannot join us for dinner.

Diamonds, art & culinary art (beer & food)

19u00 : dinner at Mie Katoen. Price is 27 euro, included some drinks and coffee. No credit cards. It will be mixed fondue a volonté, that means you can get as much as you can eat. There is vegetarian lasagna for those who don't like the fondue, but best to let me know with your confirmation. I can only say at this moment that the location is really nice and I am sure you will like it. I hope the food is as good as the indoor decoration `-)

After dinner some more sightseeing and the pubs we missed.
Some people will leave us to return home, that is a sad moment!

For those who are staying at Antwerp the night is still young and they can even watch the sun coming up `-) again? but I think I will skip that last part!
We can discuss what we eventually can do on Sunday (morning). We did and some early birds met up at 11 am! again in the lounge of the Ibis hotel to go to the Vogeltjesmarkt. The organizers thought no one would be that crazy, as it was sooo early and it rained cats and dogs... but when they arrived at 12:30 all VT-ers were up and ready (and drinking... who wrote those famous words "MORE BEER!"?). We went to Houten Klara because we were thirsty still and had more beer. Then we split up in a shopping, a drinking and a Rubens museum visiting group to meet up again in the same lounge of the hotel. At 5 Rudy squeezed 5 VT-ers in his car and dropped them at the Station in Berchem

Sjargentjeff suggested that as it is just a few days before Christmass, wouldn't it be a nice idea to bring something. A gift proofed to be too difficult, considering we have to take it with us the whole day, evening and maybe night. So we thought to bring a Christmass card with you that all can sign. Gonnie and Tom brought a huge piece of cheese and a knive (Thanks!) so the cheese didn't survived the Jeneverbar! My Christmass balls (thanks ATLC!) did survive the whole evening! This is a Christmass miracle!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:you will be glad you didn't missed on this one!!!
  • Cons:you will be sad leaving!
  • In a nutshell:To ease the pain of leaving, fix a new date `-)
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  • eden_teuling's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2003 at 7:37 AM

    we too, shall stay for dinner next time, thanks Dannie, fine pages! bes-elisabeth

  • RENE_CARDOEN's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2003 at 10:24 AM

    I regret I couldn't stay for dinner.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2003 at 4:31 PM

    Wow, I've just received a postcard from 21 Dec VT meeting - THANK YOU, mouth (whose?) impresses on the postcard smell very nice hehe !!! Jealous not to be there but happy and still crazy Matt :-)

  • Jan 7, 2003 at 9:33 AM

    Thanks very much for your postcard! Hope next time I can make it!

  • steventilly's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2003 at 12:36 AM

    Oh, I'm sooooo jealous ;-)

  • sargentjeff's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2002 at 5:52 AM

    What a great time, we'll never forget it. US Army to the rescue. Ciao to everyone!

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2002 at 4:04 PM

    huh, one moment I was still with you, the next the US army had deserted me! I fought my way through the crowds and found you again :-)))

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2002 at 2:14 PM

    Phhhewww, seems to be a great meeting. I will be in Florence until the 18th. Mmmh, but I am now taking Antwerp into consideration as well, because it is brilliantly organised.

  • ceswho's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2002 at 7:30 AM

    I may join you for the weekend.

  • nomada's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2002 at 11:46 AM

    you are doing a great work here ! I'll try to join you in December.


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