The guide book for Antwerp suggested a trip to the residential quarter just outside the city centre in an area called Zurenborg, to see the beautiful Art Nouveau style houses there. We always do as we are told, so we boarded the number 11 tram at Centraal Station and found the street called Cogels-Osykei and went for a walk.
This house above was practically text book Art Nouveau…I love it!
Do you see someone standing on the roof of this house?
It’s Humphrey Bogart!
The next one is for sale.
Would you like these chaps to welcome you home every day?
The houses were built between 1894 and 1914 and were saved from destruction in the 1960s after protests from the community within the city and beyond.
At least one new one has snuck in.
I like it.
On the way back to the tram we spotted this pair of interesting buildings. They were by an old railway line and I am guessing they might be water towers.