Traveling I feel at home and home doesn't feel home, with my backpack sadly empty next to the bed. I seldom miss my city when traveling and I have never missed my country. Sometimes I miss a place I visited and Antwerpen is one of those places.
I wouldn't like to live there because honestly I woudn't like to live just in one place, but when I was there I was feeling good.
Antwerpen is a big city, extremely cool, lively, modern. It has got a beautiful historical center and a stunning contemporary rail station. My favourite place was by the rivel Scheldt, where the old Port is.
The new Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, it even inglobated the small village of Lillo while many others simply disapeared.
Walking by the river from the Giant Wheel to the Castel and further, away from the crowd, in the silence of the old docks I waited for the sunset. It was a perfect place.
"Antwerpen: Origin of the name
According to folklore, notably celebrated by a statue in front of the town hall, the city got its name from a legend about a giant called Antigoon who lived near the Scheldt river. He exacted a toll from passing boatmen, and for those who refused, he severed one of their hands and threw it into the river. Eventually the giant was killed by a young hero named Silvius Brabo, who cut off the giant's own hand and flung it into the river. Hence the name Antwerpen, from Dutch hand werpen, akin to Old English hand and wearpan (to throw), which has evolved to today's warp.
A longstanding theory is that the name originated in the Gallo-Roman period and comes from the Latin antverpia. Antverpia would come from Ante (before) Verpia (deposition, sedimentation), indicating land that forms by deposition in the inside curve of a river (which is in fact the same origin as Germanic waerpen). Note that the river Scheldt, before a transition period between 600 to 750, followed a different track. This must have coincided roughly with the current ringway south of the city, situating the city within a former curve of the river. However, many historians think it unlikely that there was a large settlement which would be named 'Antverpia', but more something like an outpost with a river crossing.
However, John Lothrop Motley argues, and so do a lot of Dutch etymologists and historians, that Antwerp's name derives from an 't werf (on the wharf, in the same meaning as the current English wharf). Aan 't werp (at the warp) is also possible. This "warp" (thrown ground) is a man-made hill or a river deposit, high enough to remain dry at high tide, whereupon a construction could be built that would remain dry. Another word for werp is pol (dyke) hence polders (the dry land behind a dyke, that was no longer flooded by the tide)."