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Holland & Belgium - Day 7

Our final day before returning home.....

The ship docked in Antwerp and we started the day with a walking tour of the city.  Many of us went into the Cathedral of Our Lady, which is beautiful and known for its four masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens.

There was shopping to be done - more chocolates anyone?  Additional sightseeing, although many of the locations were closed on a Monday.  Even more odd, most stores don't open until 10:00 or even noon.  We saw the old meat hall, the "Kasbah", the city hall and its famous statue and the fortress/original city wall.

Many of us then traveled to the city of Brussels.  The capital of Belgium and the European Union.  A city tour by bus gave us the highlights and then we explored the city on our own before returning back to the ship in Antwerp.

Tonight is our farewell 'gala' dinner and we are hoping it is a terrific way to conclude our wonderful trip.  We'd be remiss if we did not thank the VERY hardworking crew of the Expression.  The housekeeping staff, servers and bartender (and entertainer Tito) have always been ready with a smile and a friendly greeting - knowing many passengers by name for days now.

We will have early wake-up calls and then transfer to the airport in Amsterdam for our return flights tomorrow.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at home - and showing you all our photos!


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