It is a commercial street. A very steep street strangely decorated with elephant knickers and King Kong boxer shorts that carry a message of encouragement to lose weight and promote the smaller sizes. The facades of the houses are decorated with mosaics but it's just the paint that is falling apart as if made from post-it (post-its, postites). I continue ascending the mountain and I swerve a bored police car by the simple fact of just being able to go through the pedestrian zone, it does. At the top I find the image of a boy with folder and a pen burned into my eyes. He's going to convince me to sign up for something...But for once (different from what usually happens in these situations) I didn't avert my gaze or slowly move to the side but instead I went directly towards him. I've got all the time in the world. It ended up being a chocolate market study of the brand Côte d'Or. I tried these recipes breaking the packages and described it as it is: Bits of crystallized peanut kisses passion fruit. After half an hour of questions, I was given a bar of Noir Intense Mousse. And I took it as my reward for reaching the peak of the rue Montagne.
The elegant Passage de la Bourse is the architectural work by the architect Legraive who built it in the former Capuchin monastery. It's a pleasure to walk inside when it's raining and cold and in this gallery you are safeguarded and it continues to receive the same street light through the glass top. There are several cafes, two libraries (including Fafouille, which I dedicated a little place to), a huge cultural center and one of the most widely read publications in Belgium. The well-known sports newspaper La Dernière Heure is also there for you to see. Go!
Moving away a little from the historic city center, on the road that leads to the main train station, you'll pass through the Meir and Leysstraat shopping streets. The stores are the same as in Europe (Zara, H&M, etc.), but it's worth strolling through on a sunny day in the pedestrian area frequented by local people, between buildings that are both towering and beautiful. This place offers a great view of the beautiful Station building at the bottom of the street, which from afar seems to be a Basilica!
Near the railway station is the tourist office in the middle of a small park, and a stone's throw away, the main shopping area of the city starts. The Town Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts are in this square that houses the Angel, where they sell delicious ice cream, and there are several art deco buildings, "The Belfry" or the Opera House are also close.
I went to the Flemish zone in Antwerp, the diamond city where you could find big rubies. Tourists walked along so slowly it looked tiring. We crossed a street with self-tanning product stores and underground stores that sell a cream used to whiten black people. What makes me think that man lives in perennial adolescence forcing you to always be the opposite. We then went to the shopping area: Indeed, Antwerp is the city of fashion. It has one of the world's leading schools, the Flanders Fashion Institute and Fashion Museum, MoMu, to prove it. As I go down Kammenstraat Street, there's an organized festival called Naked ... It's a street full of shops with very original clothing. These garments will later be seen on the red carpet on the non-professional models of all ages.