Our journey began on Friday morning when a miracle took place as no passports, tickets (or indeed people) were forgotten with everyone making their trains and connections to arrive in Antwerp by early afternoon. A daring JTP Associate, Dave Swindells even decided to bike the final leg of the journey from Brussels to Antwerp, cycling on a Brompton the 46km journey on the F1 cycle highway that connects Antwerp with Belgium’s capital.
The weather welcomed us to the beautiful city, greeting us with a crisp blue sky and sunshine as we enjoyed our first watering hole of the trip before check-in. After free time exploring the city, the day culminated with everyone reuniting at Caffè Barbossa – a quirky bar in the heart of the city – to share the first tales of our trip so far.
The early Antwerp dawn was graced with the presence of our dedicated JTP Pacemakers who started off their Saturday with a morning run. At 9.30am backpacks and cameras were at the ready as the JTP team were divided into three groups to head off on guided tours exploring the architecture, quarters, and residential districts of Antwerp.