It's not all beer and skittles here . It's "tidy time " Chez Sonata because I go back to work next week but yesterday I did go to Antwerp for the day .... over nine hours in trains to have seven hours there , an indication of how much I love the city .
It's a perfect size to wander in , full of Art Nouveau loveliness and slightly shabby round the edges . Bourgeois grannies and penniless art students , North Africans , nuns and optimists , gourmets and gourmands .
And full of statues , including this one in the courtyard of a health center
or this , to interest people in a restoration course
or this , in the cafe of the Art Gallery , to chastise those of us who've just had a large slice of quiche and a cup of coffee , served with a sticky little biscuit .
Full of courtyards
and random fun .
and Pain Quotidien lemon tartlets are freely available .
What's nine hours in a train or two ?