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Sunday, May 19: Glories of Antwerp


A beautiful day starting with a visit to the grand home, studio, and garden of Peter Paul Rubens, followed by a visit to the impressive Plantijn-Moretus House and Museum of the famous printers, another UNESCO world Heritage site. The day culminated with a visit to the Cathedral of Our Lady with its sublime series of grand paintings by Rubens, especially, the Deposition and the Raising of the Cross.

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Saturday, May 18: Ghent and Antwerp

View of Medieval Towers of Ghent

An early departure gave us ample time to explore the bustling university city of Ghent, with its medieval Guild Houses, and impressive Castle of the Counts of Flanders, as well as the medieval Meat Hall and Baroque Fish Hall. The day culminated in a viewing of the Cathedral of St. Baaf, include the masterpiece of Jan van Eyck, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. Another short ride brought us to Antwerp, where we visited the brand new MAS Museum, affording spectacular views over the city and its port and we arrived at our Hotel on the Schelde River, the Antigone. That evening, a circuitous route in the old town, past the Renaissance Town Hall, brought us to the atmospheric hostelry called ‘De Pelgrom’ for a traditional meal under arched vaults and candle light.

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Friday, May 17: Art and Culture in Bruges

View of Belfry over the canals at the Rozenhoedkaai

Another day in this amazing medieval city began with a visit to the impressive Groeninge Museum, enabling a close viewing of the Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele, by Jan van Eyck. It is so detailed that one can even see the reflection of Jan van Eyck in the armor of Saint George. We strolled to the serene Beguinage, and then returned to a new multi-sensory visit at the ‘Historium’ recreating Bruges in 1435, and then climbed all the steps to the top of the Belfry.

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Thursday, May 16: Medieval Grandeur of Bruges

Memling Altarpiece in the Hospital of St. John

We started the day with a visit to the Church of Our Lady with Michelangelo’s Bruges Madonna and Child, as well as the grandiose tomb of Charles the Bold, the last heir of the House of Burgundy. Then we visited the impressive St. John’s Hospital, now housing the Memling Museum, as well as a remarkably preserved Eighteenth Century Apothecary. A tour of the atmospheric canals was followed by a visit to the Town Hall as well as the Basilica of the Holy Blood. That night, a group dinner on the Market Square.

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Wednesday, May 15: Brussels, Anderlecht, and Bruges

Unified Guildhouse Facade of the Dukes of Brabant

Despite a delay from a baggage strike in Zaventem Airport in Brussels, we were able to make our noon appointment with the Assumptionist Community in Brussels at the Church of Mary Magdalen. After a hearty lunch with the Assumptionists, we visited the spectacular Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the famous Manneken Pis nearby, and the spectacular Cathedral of Sts. Michael and Gudula, then a visit to the sixteenth-century Erasmus House in Anderlecht, before arriving at our charming and elegant Hotel Ter Brughe in Bruges.

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Tuesday, May 14: Departure from Boston


Excited to be starting the trip.

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