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THis is a shot from one of our more adventurous bike trips during the first corona wave, especially considering that old rusty bike I ride.


MECHELEN is a historical city some 25 kilometers south of Antwerp, which is more or less halfway between Antwerp and Brussels.

Mechelen is where Charles V spent his childhood. It is one of Flanders' prominent cities of historical art. It was a centre for artistic production during the Northern Renaissance (mostly 16th century), when painters, printmakers, illuminators and composers of polyphony were attracted by patrons such as Margaret of York, Margaret of Austria and Hieronymus van Busleyden.

Holding the Archbishop's seat and the Archdiocese Mechelen has always been a Roman-Catholic stronghold in the Lower Netherlands.

When I grew Mechelen didn't have a good reputation, it was kind of boring and half abandonned. Under mayor Bart Somers (since 200) Mechelen has become a really vibrant city again. It has become quite a popular place for young couples to go and live, not only because of its location and many train connections, also because it just is a great place to live.

Besides that Mechelen is also known for its football teams KV Mechelen and Racing Mechelen. The former, a catholic team, won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1988 and currently plays in the top league of Belgium. The latter has socialist roots and has currently fallen on hard times, plying in lower leagues.

It also a great place for beers.

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