Weekend in Belgium - Antwerp Stroll

We found even more impressive window boxes in Antwerp.
We decided to stop and have a Grimbergen beer al fresco at a curb side cafe.
We stopped for a stroll in the Botanical Gardens on Leopoldstraat.
This statue of individuals submerged was quite striking.
Colorful fruits really popped among the green leaves.
We passed tropical trees and flowers before rejoining the main road.
We passed a shopping mall with stunning statues.
We ate lunch in the shadow of a gothic cathedral at Da Giovanni.
Continuing on, we finally reached the market square with its impressive churches and other facades.
We popped into a chocolatier on the square for some Antwerp hands.
The hands are in honor of Brabo who slayed a giant's hand and threw it into the river.  The name Antwerp means 'to throw hands'.
The scene is further immortalized by a lovely fountain on the market square.
Golden accents added to the grandeur of the scene.
I liked this horse-drawn carriage waiting for its next fare on the square.
The Dutch style buildings curved away from the square and seemed to lean menacingly into the street.
We finished our explorations by admiring the finely decorated buildings before heading toward the river for a unique Art Deco experience.

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