Easter @ Antwerp

You never know how much you miss something until it’s gone…

So when I had the opportunity to go back to my hometown, Antwerp, I loaded Stella up and .. up up and awwaaaayyyy..

With temperatures still around 0˚ it was a cold drive down. Not being well myself, I opted to drive straight down to Antwerp to catch an early sleep on my favorite spot at the river. Unfortunately the spot I normally park was now filled by several containers which were designed as hotel rooms with a view on the river.. Hmmm.. So I parked a bit further underneath big industrial ‘historical’ cranes, thinking, I won’t be spotted quickly and hoping on a quiet night.. WRONG bet! It turned out that the big events hall, only a few steps away, had some kind of a party going on and 20 mins after a put myself in bed there was one car after the other driving up and down the “knobbly” stones which made a noise as if I was sleeping on the motor way.. oh dear.. As if that wasn’t enough I had people walking past the bus all night and I even woke up one time thinking the bus was being rocked.. whether that was a dream or not I don’t know but it sure wasn’t a great night of sleep..

So I woke up early and took the advantage of shooting some nice pictures..

 

The sun was up early, and it was very welcome after such horrible weather in the past weeks..

 

I made a phone call to see partner in crime Iris and left, cruising past some of Antwerp’s stunning buildings..

 

Not the best picture, but, this recent impressive build is the new museum MAS (museum at the current).  There’s a lot of locals who are divided about it..

I think it’s a cool building, in the wrong place 🙂

The below building is one of my favorites! I lived opposite for several years and it was my first view when I walked out of the door.. Strangely though.. I’ve never seen it on the inside.. ‘the Museum of fine art’ houses an impressive collection of some of the biggest artists from the 14th century onwards..

The rest of the day I spent with my friend walking in the city, visiting the flea market and ..  a well know known typical “brown” cafe named the “Duifkes” for some proper Stella’s from the draught!! Oh man.. I miss this pure golden liquid!!

After a good time in the evening I left Antwerp city and drove to my all time favorite club LAROCCA in Lier.. It’s approx 1.30am when I arrive. I asked my buddy Dennis to leave me a space on the parking in front of the club..

Larocca is not your average club.. it’s something where you come home to.. It feels just right, time after time, and so after a bunch of friends arrive the party kicks off until the early hours.. whoop whoop..

It’s about 9.30am when I get woken up by my buddy Leslie who pulls me up from the sofa at the entrance and drops me of in Stella.. A few hours later a wake up not really sure where I am and I freak out seeing a half naked dude next to me in bed.. EEeeK!!   😀

It was now well past lunch time (1.30pm) and we could still hear the club going strong..

A quick view out of the bus made me realise we were now camping on the parking of Belgium’s best club 😀

The next morning I woke up, fresh as a bird :-), and ready to help Leslie out with a costumer’s ( and friend’s) bus who was waiting for some welding jobs..

As usual there’s always a very impressive collection of cars in the garage and this time it was no different..

Good lad Bart was represent as well, I met this fella last year and he’s is just so hilarious when you’re out on the piss and he’s suffering a hangover the next day.. Good to see you Bart!

A genuine Early speedster!!

A ’60 double door 15 window.. common as fuck.. NOT!!! and another 365, this time a genuine convertible!

 

Bobber’s and a stunning 57 mango that will see the roads very soon!

 

 

 

1930’s something – Vauxhall in original paint.. I started talking to the owner about how cool it would look being chopped, slammed, shortened but he was not having any of that .. LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one uber sexy ride for sure!!!

The double door 15 window needed some basic cabfloor repair.. so I thought.. ?

She’s in overall good condition, but, does have some issues and the doglegs were actually in worse condition then I first thought..

 

Clean cut and ready for repair ..

Wimson stopped by at the garage to fiddle with his bobber and because I always see him showing of pictures of the lovely food from his ‘Teerak’ I kindly invited myself over for dinner.. Man .. his lady can cook some proper Thai food.. to say this was good is an understatement!!    yum yum  🙂       (thanks PUY!!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next morning I was back in the workshop rebuilding the LHS dogleg and trimming the replacement piece to go back in..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finished the LHS of the cab floor and cleaned it all up looking all factory again and leaving as much of the good original metal as possible.

 

Good fit!

My Buddy Arnold from Holland came down to the garage as well and Wim invited us all for another fantastic Thai evening, his girlfriend Puy can cook some really really nice food.. Thanks again my Teerak! 😉

Starters..

Main dish..

And desert.. I’m seriously on a diet now..

On one of the mornings after leaving my bus parked for just 5 minutes ,I came back from the bakery only to find my mirror splattered all over the road.. Thanks tw@t!!  Both of them now need to be replaced.. 😦

So after a weeks holiday it was time to drive back home to London..

But, not before my stop at Piet & Katrien who invited me for dinner and they even put a heater in Stella..  This was very welcome as it was very very cold every night.. I’d slept in Stella in the alps when it was snowing but somehow it felt much colder this week.

After a really nice evening filled with beers and great Belgian food I left in the morning to catch my ferry.

Whilst waiting in the queue to get on the boat I noticed this a old 4×4 with full length roof rack and overland roof tent and thought .. cool ride.. that dude is probably having a similar sort of trip.. A bit later on the boat I ran into Mark owner of the “kempes” barndoor and it turned out that the 4×4 is his and he just came back from a snowboard holiday and slept in his tent.. Proper hardcore me thinks !

 

Another flawless trip for Stella! Leslie did some tweeking on the carbs as it was puffing a lot and found the carbs being set to rich.. It now runs a lot better and is far more fuel economic!

A big thank you to all friends for your hospitality, food, drinks and showers..

I’ll be back in June for more fun 🙂

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