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Excursions for accompanying persons

Thursday, 2 June 2016 - Visit of Antwerp : Fashion & Rubens
09.00 - 17.00
This walk is a cultural exploration of Antwerp as a vibrant lifestyle city that takes you past contemporary design, architecture and history icons. During this tour you will stop at shops, buildings and other places that were instrumental in the development of Antwerp as an international trend-setting fashion centre. If Belgium equates beer and chocolate, Antwerp (in addition) stands for fashion.
Antwerp is a shoppers' paradise. The fashionwalk, combining the history of fashion with great shopping addresses, is a must for all fashionistas. In the 1980's, six young talented fashion designers conquered the international fashion scene. The “Antwerp Six” were born: Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene and Marina Yee. The Antwerp Modenatie with the Fashion Academy and the Fashion Museum MOMU is the heart of today's fashion scene. Window shopping from classy boutiques with designer-collections to trendy shops with eye-catching silhouettes and pioneers in the “vintage” circuit, we follow the creative and fascinating trail of Antwerp fashion.
Antwerp was home to Peter Paul Rubens, Belgium's most influential artist in the early 17th century. Museums and Churches around the city display some of his most famous paintings such as The Descent from the Cross (1612). One of Antwerp's most prized possessions is the artist's home, which also served as a studio where Rubens taught and worked. The Rubens House is still a very fine evocation of 17th century reality.

The artist's home enables visitors to discover Rubens' multifaceted talent: the painter, architect and diplomat, the collector and scientist, the husband and father.

09.00Transfer from Ghent to Antwerp.
10.15Visit of the MOMU (Fashion Museum), walk in the neighbouring streets which also breathe fashion:
The Kammenstraat, the Nationalestraat, the Schuttershofstraat.
13.00Lunch in local restaurant: 3 courses & drinks included.
14.30Visit of Rubens house: Step into the shoes of the leading Baroque artist of his era.
Rubens and his family lived in this palatial setting for well over 25 years and it is here that the artist created the lion's share of his work.
16.00Drive back from Antwerp to Ghent.
17.00Arrive in Ghent.

Friday, 3 June 2016 - Culinary Walk: A taste of Ghent...
09.00 - 12.00
We discover the culinary side of Ghent. Starting at the “Oud Vleeshuis” where we get to know some local specialities from the region of Ghent and the province of East-Flanders, we continue by having a try at making the real “Belgian Chocolate” during a workshop.

09.00Meet at the Marriott hotel.
09.30Oud Vleeshuis.
11.00Chocolate workshop.
13.00Return to the Marriott Hotel for lunch with delegates.

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