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This is the MAS museum, our city's iconic museum. MAS stands for "museum aan de stroom", which translates as "the museum by the stream (or river)".

The MAS stands on a small piece of land in between two 19th century docks: one dug by Napoleon, who had a mind set to use Antwerp as a launching pad for his planned invasion of England, and the other one by Willem, the Dutch king of the shortly reunfied Netherlands (1816-1830), who ruled here after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. Neither ruler lasted long here, but both played a vital role in the renaissance of the port of Antwerp.

This is the view from the Willemdok (the Willem dock).

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This is another shot from one of our short cycling trips in our city, which is now pretty deserted. With the good weather, quite a lot of locals (often living in apartments or houses without gardens) come out and there's even a few places where you can get a takeaway coffee, which is nice, I think.

But overall, people follow the corona guidelines and take very good care. In Belgium we have to stay close to where we live (though it isn't clear just exactly how close) and under no circumstances can we meet up with more than two and always we have to keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters.

Take care, everyone!

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song title reference: The Wipers

...which is just what I happen to be listening to right here right now, somehow it seemed suitable.

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