Hello, Venice!

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We arrived in Venice via Marco Polo Airport on the 6th of June and took a water taxi direct to our hotel near the Bridge of Sighs behind Saint Mark’s Square.

In the water taxi from the Airport to our Hotel in San Marco near the Bridge of Sighs.

In the water taxi from the Airport to our Hotel in San Marco near the Bridge of Sighs.

That evening we had dinner down the street at a small place that was very lively.  When we woke in the morning to the bells of Saint Mark’s Cathedral we were ready to go and explore.  First stop was St. Mark’s Square where it seemed every tourist in Venice was standing.

Entering St. Mark's Square on our first walk-about to Rialto via Harry's American Bar, St. Moisé Church, La Fenice Opera House and some neat alleys.

Entering St. Mark’s Square on our first walk-about to Rialto via Harry’s American Bar, St. Moisé Church, La Fenice Opera House and some neat alleys.

We then walked along the Canal toward Harry’s Bar, past the trinket stalls and the small Royal Gardens.  At Harry’s Bar we stopped to have my picture taken by one of the windows.  My Mom and Dad were last there in 2003 when she was pregnant with me.

My Mom and I in front of one of the windows of Harry's Bar.

My Mom and I in front of one of the windows of Harry’s Bar.

We then walked down Calle Valllaresso with all the fine shops but with cheeky black guys from Africa selling knock off bags and purses of the same designers in front of their shops!  We stopped at St. Moisé Church so we could go in and see the famous altar piece of Moses on Mt. Sinai being given the tablets of the Ten Commandments.  In the alcove to the left of the main altar is Tintoretto’s “Christ Washing the Disciple’s Feet” but no photos allowed.   I lit a candle for all our dearly departed including our brave men who came ashore Normandy 70 years ago.

Saint Moisé is the church the Venetians in San Marco use because the one on the Square is full of tourists.

Saint Moisé is the church the Venetians in San Marco use because the one on the Square is full of tourists.

I am lighting a candle for all my dearly departed family members.  This is the side altar in Saint Moisé.

I am lighting a candle for all my dearly departed family members. This is the side altar in Saint Moisé.

We continued to walk the narrow alleys and streets to the La Fanice Opera House.

You can't see me but I am in the shadows in front of La Fanice Opera House. it was closed but there was a concert that evening at 8:00pm that could not get tickets for since it kicks off the Biennale of Venice.

You can’t see me but I am in the shadows in front of La Fanice Opera House. it was closed but there was a concert that evening at 8:00pm that could not get tickets for since it kicks off the Biennale of Venice.

Then somewhere after Campo Manin we found this little archway which I had to explore.

That's me in the far part of the Soportego E Corte Balbi O Morosini on our walk to the Rialto.

That’s me in the far part of the Soportego E Corte Balbi O Morosini on our walk to the Rialto.

Another neat thing was the building “Scala Contarini del Bovolo”.  It is a cylindrical brick tower with five floors of spiral staircases faced with white marble banisters.  It was built in 1499 and has 113 steps to the top but was closed for renovation when we were there.

Past Campo Manin we took a few little jogs to this very interesting building called 'Scala Contarini Del Bovolo' with its exterior winding stair case.   It was built in 1499 and allows more room for interiors.

Past Campo Manin we took a few little jogs to this very interesting building called ‘Scala Contarini Del Bovolo’ with its exterior winding stair case. It was built in 1499 and allows more room for interiors.

After this building we walked down an alley and popped out on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge.

I am tired, you can see it in my face.  I want to stop and have lunch and something to drink.  We will after we walk over the Rialto.

I am tired, you can see it in my face. I want to stop and have lunch and something to drink. We will after we walk over the Rialto.

Looking down the Grand Canal from the Rialto.  The Canal is full of boats, water taxis, vaporreto, gondolas and people from all over the world canoeing and kayaking.

Looking down the Grand Canal from the Rialto. The Canal is full of boats, water taxis, vaporreto, gondolas and people from all over the world canoeing and kayaking.

Inside the Rialto with the steps leading to Campo San Giacomo and the produce and fish markets.

Inside the Rialto with the steps leading to Campo San Giacomo and the produce and fish markets.

Then it was downt the steps of the Rialto into the Campo San Giacomo where the produce and fish markets are located.  I really liked this part because soon it would be time to sit down and have lunch.  I was very tired now.  But my favorite part was the sign for the “measurement of fish legal’ carved into a column at the fish market.  Someone had written “el Mio 3.79cm”  (or Mine is 2 inches:)

The produce market was awesome. They had every kind of vegtable and fruit.  And it was very busy with people buying for their evening meals.

The produce market was awesome. They had every kind of vegtable and fruit. And it was very busy with people buying for their evening meals.

 

On a column at the fish market, there is this list in stone of the legal length of fish.  Sardines (Sardon) must be 7 centimeters, mussels (Peocio) must be 3 cm and someone left a penis joke: "El Mio 3.7cm  (Mine's 2 inches:)

On a column at the fish market, there is this list in stone of the legal length of fish. Sardines (Sardon) must be 7 center imeters, mussels (Peocio) must be 3 cm and someone left a penis joke: “El Mio 3.7cm (Mine’s 2 inches:)

My mom and I also took plenty of photos and I will publish a special page of those next.  All these photos are by my Dad on his iPhone.  Next after our visit to Frari and Scoula San Rocco we took a Gondola tour of San Croce and he dropped us off on the other side of the Grand Canal for us to walk back to the hotel.  After we freshened up we went to dinner near La Fanice at Antica Martini.  We sat outside and people watched enjoying the best of Venice cuisine.

After we visited Frari Church and Scoula San Rocco we took a Gondola through the area of Santa Croce and over the Grand Canal to a place we could walk back to our hotel.

After we visited Frari Church and Scoula San Rocco we took a Gondola through the area of Santa Croce and over the Grand Canal to a place we could walk back to our hotel.

My Mom and I at dinner at the Restaurant Antica Martini on the square which is located La Fanice Opera House.

My Mom and I at dinner at the Restaurant Antica Martini on the square which is located La Fanice Opera House.

After dinner at Antica Martini wearing my Dad's glasses and sun hat.  His hat is made out of paper in China and cost him 20 Euro's.  He bought it at Camp La Bacciere where we had lunch near the fish market.

After dinner at Antica Martini wearing my Dad’s glasses and sun hat. His hat is made out of paper in China and cost him 20 Euro’s. He bought it at Camp La Bacciere where we had lunch near the fish market.

This is Frederick and today we just watched the boat races, 30km from Murano and around Canneregio and down the Grand Canal.  It looked like a team of 4 rowers and coxswain may have won.  We were having coffee at the finish line in one of the Biennale locations which my mom and dad are really here for.  So now its off to visit more Biennale locations.

This is Frederick and we are ready to get lost finding our way around Venice.

 

 

Paris in 2 Days, One Night!

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Finally, I think I can now post my Paris trip but the WiFi in our Venice hotel is a bit dodgy according to my dad and mom.

We arrived in Paris by Thalys, the high speed train from Antwerp.  We had a taxi to our hotel on the left bank (rive gauche) in Saint Germain de Pres near the Sorbonne.  While the room was being cleaned we had lunch on Blvd. San Germain de Pres at “Le Bar á Huître” which had some great scallops and razor clams.

My Mom and I at Le Bar á Huître on Blvd. Saint Germain du Pres down the street from the Sorbonne.

My Mom and I at Le Bar á Huître on Blvd. Saint Germain du Pres down the street from the Sorbonne.

 

After we dropped our bags off we rested until my godfather Jonathan came over from London.  Then we walked the quayside down to the Museé Dorsay. We decided to make a quick tour of the 2nd floor only so we could get back in time to change for our dinner cruise on the Bateaux Mouches.

I am in front of the University of Paris, The Sorbonne.  It is a famous university but without a football team.

I am in front of the University of Paris, The Sorbonne. It is a famous university but without a football team.

Walking along the 'Rive Gauche' or left bank quayside of the Seine and the book stalls.

Walking along the ‘Rive Gauche’ or left bank quayside of the Seine and the book stalls.

One of the two bridges over The Seine where people in love hang locks to seal their love for each other.  That is the Louvre in the background.

One of the two bridges over The Seine where people in love hang locks to seal their love for each other. That is the Louvre in the background.

We saw a collection of sculptures by Rodin an others as well as some Post-Impressionist paintings and then a nice exhibition of Art Noveau furtniture which I really like because on of my dad and mom’s favorite designer Victor Horta who is Belgian.

No photos but my Dad took one anyway at the entrance to the Museé Dorsay.  We saw Rodin's sculptures and plaster mockups for altar pieces as well as a Art Noveau furniture exhibition  and some Post-Impressionists.

No photos but my Dad took one anyway at the entrance to the Museé Dorsay. We saw Rodin’s sculptures and plaster mockups for altar pieces as well as a Art Noveau furniture exhibition and some Post-Impressionists.

We walked back to our hotel and changed for dinner.

On the Bateaux Mouches as it passes the front of Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris.  My favorite church in Paris until I saw Sacre Coeur.

On the Bateaux Mouches as it passes the front of Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. My favorite church in Paris until I saw Sacre Coeur.

 

On the Bateaux Mouches

Me on the observation deck of our Bateaux Mouche with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Me on the observation deck of our Bateaux Mouche with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

The next day we woke and had breakfast then took the Metro to Montmarte (Anvers Station).  There we went to mass at Sacre Couer and walked around shaking off the sketch pad hustlers and had lunch in the Village near the artist stalls.

Up the steps we go to the Basciica Sacre Coeur in Montmarte.  By the way, that is a Surrey County Cricket Club shirt I am wearing from my godfather Jonathan but I am a Sussex fan.

Up the steps we go to the Basciica Sacre Coeur in Montmarte. By the way, that is a Surrey County Cricket Club shirt I am wearing from my godfather Jonathan but I am a Sussex fan.

I am outside the doors to Sacre Coeur looking down on Paris.  We went to 1100 mass on Thursday in honor of our D-Day forces who sacrificed their lives for freedom.

I am outside the doors to Sacre Coeur looking down on Paris. We went to 1100 mass on Thursday in honor of our D-Day forces who sacrificed their lives for freedom.

Lunch in Montmarte on the Artists square, with my Uncle Jonathan and my Mom.  Dad behind the camera.

Lunch in Montmarte on the Artists square, with my Uncle Jonathan and my Mom. Dad behind the camera.

This is Frederick and WiFi is improving.  Today was a big day for me in Venice and tomorrow I will tell you about it.  For now I am just simpatico!

 

 

Packing for Paris.

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We are packing and getting ready to take the Thalys (high speed train) from Antwerpen Central Station to Gare de Nord station in Paris. We are only going to spend one night there but we are doing another Bateau Mouche but this time with my Godfather who is joining us from London.  Then from Paris we fly to Venice.  I have never been to Venice but my mom and dad have.

We have been real lazy around my grandfather’s house and just relaxing, reading and going into the village to shop.  In Paris we are going to go to the Louvre before we leave for the airport and our flight to Venice.

This is Frederick and I will see you next in Paris.

 

Sunday in Antwerp.

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On Sunday, the 1st of June, we drove into Antwerp Center to attend the “music” mass at St. Carolus Borromeus church. Every sunday at 11:30am they have musicians or singers come from all over Europe to perform at the mass. It is very well attended. This Sunday it was the Kent College Choiresters from England.

The altar piece in Sint Carolus Borromeus Church by Peter Paul Reubens.

The altar piece in Sint Carolus Borromeus Church by Peter Paul Reubens.

After mass we walked down to the Cathedral square where we had lunch at De Rooden Hoed or Red Hat restaurant. It looked out onto the square where there was a guy entertaining everyone by using to sticks and a bucket of soapy water making huge bubbles that would float up into the sky.

From there we walked to Vrijdagmarkt (Friday Market) where The Plantin-Moretus Museum is located in a beautiful old building. Christopher Plantin was the greatest industrial printer and publisher and second only to its inventor Johannes Gutenberg in the history of printing.

I can’t even summarize all I learned here so I am going to show you some phots that give you an idea of what a wonderful museum this is and how much you can learn.

Looking toward the entry to the great drawing room from the small drawing room.

Looking toward the entry to the great drawing room from the small drawing room.

Me standing in the Inner Court of the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp.

Me standing in the Inner Court of the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp.

You didn't but books here but "leaves" or pages.  You had to take your "leaves" to a bookbinder to have made into a book.  Separate guilds for printers and bookbinders.

You didn’t but books here but “leaves” or pages. You had to take your “leaves” to a bookbinder to have made into a book. Separate guilds for printers and bookbinders.

The room preceeding entry to the printing room where the type are stored.

The room preceeding entry to the printing room where the type are stored.

Me in the Printing Press Room.  Typesetting on the left and printing presses on the right.

Me in the Printing Press Room. Typesetting on the left and printing presses on the right.

A closeup of the typesetting cases across the aisle from the printing presses.

A closeup of the typesetting cases across the aisle from the printing presses.

Five printing presses along the outside wall.  All from the 17th and 18th century.

Five printing presses along the outside wall. All from the 17th and 18th century.

 Did these rollers dampen the paper before being printed or did they have some other purpose?


Did these rollers dampen the paper before being printed or did they have some other purpose?

A box of 17th century typesetting tools they used to put and secure type into the forme.

A box of 17th century typesetting tools they used to put and secure type into the forme.

Here is a "forme" with type set and ready for the printing press.

Here is a “forme” with type set and ready for the printing press.

Here is a neat early pull out book showing various parts of the anatomy.  The flap is in the abdominal area.

Here is a neat early pull out book showing various parts of the anatomy. The flap is in the abdominal area.

The Wencelas Bible illuminated in Prague in 1403.

The Wencelas Bible illuminated in Prague in 1403.

This library with globes, statues and reference desks is in the tradition of 17th century Humanist reading rooms, according to my guide.

This library with globes, statues and reference desks is in the tradition of 17th century Humanist reading rooms, according to my guide.

The Plantin Company logo:  Labore et Constancia or Work and Constancy.

The Plantin Company logo: Labore et Constancia or Work and Constancy.

The workshop of the type foundry where the type - letter, number, symbol or note of music is created.

The workshop of the type foundry where the type – letter, number, symbol or note of music is created.

A room with cases and prints showing the work product through history of known printers in Antwerp.

A room with cases and prints showing the work product through history of known printers in Antwerp.

The workshop of the type foundry where the type - letter, number, symbol or note of music is created.

The workshop of the type foundry where the type – letter, number, symbol or note of music is created.

This library with globes, statues and reference desks is in the tradition of 17th century Humanist reading rooms, according to my guide.

This library with globes, statues and reference desks is in the tradition of 17th century Humanist reading rooms, according to my guide.

After the Museum we walked back to our car through both the Grote Markt where we took this picture of the famous Brabo statue in front of the town hall and the Groene Plaat where they had some dairy cows on display.

The statute of Brabo in front of Town Hall.  See the hand in his right hand ready to throw in the River Schelde.  This is how Antwerp (thrown hand) got its name.

The statute of Brabo in front of Town Hall. See the hand in his right hand ready to throw in the River Schelde. This is how Antwerp (thrown hand) got its name.

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This is Frederick and I am having a great time in Belgium.

Our Visit to the MAS in Antwerp

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Yesterday, Saturday, we went into Antwerp along the quayside and visited the MAS or Museum Aan de Stroom (River). It is very impressive and located on one of the basins for the Port of Antwerp. This was formerly the site of the former Hanzehuis (Hanseatic House), which was as storage depot in the 16th century.

This is the MAS, Museum Aan de Stroom or Museum on the River.  It has a number of exhibitions about Antwerp, the Port, Ships and Shipping.

This is the MAS, Museum Aan de Stroom or Museum on the River. It has a number of exhibitions about Antwerp, the Port, Ships and Shipping.

You can also see the oldest harbor crane for the Port and also the old custom house for the Port from this vantage point. All those little thumbnail photos on the wall are of each single item curated and stored from the old Shipping Museum and now on display in the MAS.

In the background in front of the MAS in the port basin is the oldest harbor crane in the Port of Antwerp.

In the background in front of the MAS in the port basin is the oldest harbor crane in the Port of Antwerp.

Behind me is the Port of Antwerp Custom House or Deurne.

Behind me is the Port of Antwerp Custom House or Deurne.

Inside there are neat exhibits, one included this cannon off an old 18th century ship.

I am looking down the barrel of an old cannon in the Museum of Shipping exhibit galley at the MAS.

I am looking down the barrel of an old cannon in the Museum of Shipping exhibit galley at the MAS.

In the shipping museum exhibit they have a huge display of nautical knots you can try your hand at and I did.

Knot tying at the end of the shipping museum exhibit at the MAS.

Knot tying at the end of the shipping museum exhibit at the MAS.

Then they had a pristine classic 1935 Belgian Minerva automobile. My Papie’s dad once worked in the Minerva factory then afterwards started his own garage in Hoboken just south of Antwerp.

In the exhibit on Power they had this old (1935) Minerva, a great Belgian designed and produced automobile.

In the exhibit on Power they had this old (1935) Minerva, a great Belgian designed and produced automobile.

Near the last floor of exhibits, I stopped to rest on one of the handrails at the glass walls looking out on Antwerp. This time we are looking north.

Sitting on a handrail on the 4th level of MAS overlooking the north or Antwerp.

Sitting on a handrail on the 4th level of MAS overlooking the north or Antwerp.

Leaving the exhibit on Displays of Power, you are urged to write or draw something on the chalkboard at the exit. I drew one of my “Eggcellent” characters and a small message of farewell.

You are encouraged to write on this board as you exit one of he exhibitions.  I left a message from my cartoon character -  His Eggcellency.

You are encouraged to write on this board as you exit one of he exhibitions. I left a message from my cartoon character – His Eggcellency.

After the MAS we drove in the center and made our way to the Schutterhofstraat for my Mom to shop for a dress. After that we had an early dinner outside at Cafe Horta named after the famous Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta.

More Images of Brussels and Antwerp.

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Yesterday I promised more images of our visit to Brussels and our drive back to Brasschaat via the Antwerp quayside and the Port. My mom took these photos. They are really neat.

First up is a better view of the Grand Place in Brussels.

The Grand Place in all its baroque glory.

The Grand Place in all its baroque glory.

We were going to stop and take the elevator to the top of the Atomium but there was no parking within a mile. So, we will do it another day.

This is the MAS or Museum on the River in Antwerp in the Basin area of the Port. We’ll go back some time before we leave for Paris and Venice.

The Atomium structure from the 1958 Brussels World Fair.

The Atomium structure from the 1958 Brussels World Fair.

The MAS or Museum aan de Stroom or Museum on the River in Antwerp port basin.  We visit this weekend.

The MAS or Museum aan de Stroom or Museum on the River in Antwerp port basin. We visit this weekend.

Next to the MAS in the port basin is the famous north sea lightboat, the West-Hinder. It is now a tourist attraction and tomorrow we go back to both the boat and the MAS.

The Lichtboot (LIghtboat) West Hinder docked in the Antwerp Port basin by the MAS.

The Lichtboot (LIghtboat) West Hinder docked in the Antwerp Port basin by the MAS.

As we drove out of the Quayside and more into the Haven or Harbour and port we came across Brabo, the floating Derrick crane with a lift capacity of 800 tons.

Brabo, a floating derrick crane, can lift up to 800 tons.

Brabo, a floating derrick crane, can lift up to 800 tons.

Further along the Quayside road toward Ekeren, where my Mom was born, we passed some Wind power turbines but they were idle.

Two Wind power machines on the edge of the Port of Antwerp toward Ekeren.

Two Wind power machines on the edge of the Port of Antwerp toward Ekeren.

That’s it for now. This is Frederick and tomorrow more of the great city of Antwerp including a few pictures of Brabo and why he is so important to the history and culture of this city.

A Short Day in Brussels.

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Today is the Ascension of our Lord and we drove into Brussels, first to take my Meter (godmother) and Aunt to the airport so she could fly back to Bordeaux France where she lives. Then we drove into Brussels past the new NATO Headquarters being built across the road from the old headquarters. We passed the American and British embassies on the Rue Ducale then stopped at the Royal Palace where I had my photo taken by my dad. We then drove down to the Cathedral of St. Miacheal and St. Goedele where we attended high mass. The mass is said in both Flemish and French because Brussels is an official bi-lingual region of Belgium.

Me in front of the Belgian Royal Palace.  The flag flying means the King is home.

Me in front of the Belgian Royal Palace. The flag flying means the King is home.

Me in front of St. Michael and St. Gudulale Cathredral in Brussels.

Me in front of St. Michael and St. Gudulale Cathredral in Brussels.

After mass we walked down to the Grand Place/Grote Markt where we had lunch at La Chaloupe d’Or. I had a croque monsiuer (grilled ham and cheese). My dad, who is searching for the best Steak Tartar thinks he found the winner at this restaurant. It is in the building that used to be the guildhouse for the tailor’s of Brussels.

Me in the Grand Place/Grote Markt, the main square of Brussels.

Me in the Grand Place/Grote Markt, the main square of Brussels.

My Mom and I at our table in La Chaloupe d'Or on the Grand Place for lunch.

My Mom and I at our table in La Chaloupe d’Or on the Grand Place for lunch.

After lunch we walked down this small street full of people to see the famous Mannenkepis (Litte Boy who Pees). On the way we stopped in the Tintin shop where my dad took this picture of me with Tintin.

Me Tintin at the Tintin Store down from the Grand Place

Me Tintin at the Tintin Store down from the Grand Place

At the Mannenkepis there were hundreds of people and we had to really work our way through to get this photo. The Mannenke was wearing a black “cavalier’s” uniform probably of some society or guild celebrating that day.

I am in front of the famous Mannenkepis and he is wearing a special uniform today.

I am in front of the famous Mannenkepis and he is wearing a special uniform today.

We walked back to the square and my dad took a photo of me in front of the building in which my Papie had his offices. It is another old guild building.

I am in front of my Papie's office's on the Grand Place in the building in the background.

I am in front of my Papie’s office’s on the Grand Place in the building in the background.

We then walked over to the alley’s that have all the little restaurants.

Walking through Alleé Boucher with all the restaurants.

Walking through Alleé Boucher with all the restaurants.

It is called the Rue Boucher which leads up to the Galarié Royale St. Hubert where we stopped for coffee and Dame Blanches’ or what you and I would call “hot fudge sundaes”.

Me in the entrance to Galarié St. Hubert off the Rue Boucher in Brussels.

Me in the entrance to Galarié St. Hubert off the Rue Boucher in Brussels.

I am at the Moven Pîck at the Galarié St. Hubert ready for my Dame Blanche.

I am at the Moven Pîck at the Galarié St. Hubert ready for my Dame Blanche.

We left then for the car which was parked next to the Cathedral. We passed by a famous tavern called Á La Mort Subite or Sudden Death which is named after a famous Belgian beer.

Me in front of Le Mort Subite or Sudden Death named after a famous Belgian beer.

Me in front of Le Mort Subite or Sudden Death named after a famous Belgian beer.

This is Frederick and I am going to tell you tomorrow about our drive by of the Atominium at the old World Fair site but now I am going to play with my iPad mini.

The Belgium Red Devils!

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Me and my Papie in my Red Devils uniform.

Me and my Papie in my Red Devils uniform.

Me and my Meter, Tante Patty with A Belgian Soccer Uniform.

Me and my Meter, Tante Patty with A Belgian Soccer Uniform.

That's me as a future Red Devil.

That’s me as a future Red Devil.

Yesterday, we stopped at Decathalon, a huge sports warehouse, on our way to Central Antwerp. We needed rainwear or ponchos because we forgot ours and it is Belgium. While I was there, my dad saw they had the latest World Cup Strips (uniforms) for the Belgium National World Cup Team. They are called the Red Devils.

So, he bought me a full uniform, shirt and shorts. My Meter (godmother) and Aunt Patty, bought me a Red Devil’s Tee Shirt. I am going to wear my new uniform all day today. I like Belgium to win or be a real danger to the whoever the winner is going to be. Most of their front-line players play in the British Premier League. They have a great defense with Courtois at Goalie and Kompany and Vermaelen and Vertonghen on defense. The strikers are world class with Eden Hazard and Lukaku. The mid-field is their weakest but not by much.

Everyone here in Belgium are excited and I hope I can watch some of the games as we travel.

Here are some photos of me in my new Red Devils strip with my Papie, my Meter (Tante Patty) and me alone.

Antwerp en a Dinsdag (Antwerp on a Tuesday)

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Today we drove into Antwerp where I was supposed to visit the Ship’s Museum with my Meter (my godmother and aunt) while my dad and mom went down the quayside to the Zuiderterras (south Terrace) for coffe with a friend. But the museum was closed so we walked down to the Terrace and joined them. I had a Fanta lemon and showed my godmother some Dr. Who episodes on my iPhone. The Terrace is on the River Schelde and we watched ship and boat come and go. Some with pilot boats and some with not.

It was very gray and misty kind of rain. Before we went to Antwerp Central and the Quayside we stopped at a sports store where my dad bought me a rain jacket/wind breaker since we forgot to bring one. I also was bought a full official World Cup uniform of the Belgian Red Devil’s team. I am pulling for 3 teams: The USA, Belgium and England but Belgium has the best chance to go forward. My Chelsea jersey is “Eden Hazard”, No. 12 and the main player on the Red Devils.

Here is a photo of Central Antwerp along the Quay with Antwerp Cathedral (Onze Lieve Vrouw or Our Beautiful Lady) in the background. Very wet and very gray.

Antwerp Center and Cathedral from Zuiderterras on the River Schelde Quay

Antwerp Center and Cathedral from Zuiderterras on the River Schelde Quay

Tomorrow I will share some photos of me in my new Red Devil’s uniform. Can’t seem to download them as fast tonight.

Home Sweet Berkenstede!

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After walking miles in two different airport terminal’s we got our bags, rented a car and drove to my Papie’s home “Berkenstede” or Birch Meadows. I am feeling much better and even had some “fish nuggets” for late lunch today. Outside in the back lawn a large covey of Doves gathered to pick at the new seed my Papie planted. My dad went for a swim and we communicated using the little walkie-talkie’s we bought to use on the ship and any excursions so we know were we all are at all times. Mrs. Kes, a teacher at my school, gave my mom that idea.

I am going back to my book to read before I fall asleep.

This is Frederick and our first leg has begun – Belgium!