In Flanders Fields the Poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row

Tonight, we set out for one of our most moving and memorable events with Tauck - a private visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Tonight, we set out for one of our most moving and memorable events with Tauck – a private visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Today is a very special day aboard Tauck’s beautiful new ms Inspire, as we wind our way towards Brussels as part of this Belgium & Holland in Spring river cruise itinerary. Not only do we get to visit Antwerp, we’re setting out this evening on one of the premiere events on this itinerary: a journey to Ieper (Ypres) and the moving In Flanders Fields Museum.

Antwerp, Belgium - as seen from the city's gorgeous Antwerpen Centraal Station, constructed in 1895. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Antwerp, Belgium – as seen from the city’s gorgeous Antwerpen Centraal Station, constructed in 1895. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

In Antwerp, I took the opportunity to get together with a good friend of mine – Mr. Mike Louagie, editor of SHIPPAX CFI and founder of the wonderful website Black, Blue, Green – and a Touch of Pink. After a delicious Belgian breakfast at the STORM restaurant near the river Mas, we set out on a photography exploration of this fascinating city.

Some images from my photo-book this morning:

The Streets of Antwerp. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Streets of Antwerp. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Antwerp's gorgeous squares are stunning in the early-morning hours. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Antwerp’s gorgeous squares are stunning in the early-morning hours. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Museum Aan De Stroom, on the River Mas. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Museum Aan De Stroom, on the River Mas. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Breakfast at Cafe Storm in Antwerp. Funky place with great food! Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Breakfast at Cafe Storm in Antwerp. Funky place with great food! Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Making Belgian Chocolates. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Making Belgian Chocolates. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

These Scouts are out and about, enjoying breakfast in the warm sunshine. Note the open bottles of champagne; I knew I liked this country! Thanks to all of them for letting me post their photo here. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

These Scouts are out and about, enjoying breakfast in the warm sunshine. Note the open bottles of champagne; I knew I liked this country! Thanks to all of them for letting me post their photo here. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Antwerp Centraal Station rivals train stations in Paris in terms of raw beauty. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Antwerp Centraal Station rivals train stations in Paris in terms of raw beauty. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Outdoor Dining, Antwerp-style! Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Outdoor Dining, Antwerp-style! Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Guests participating in Tauck’s included tour of Antwerp could embark on a fantastic walking tour of the city, followed by a visit to the newly-opened Red Star Line Museum and a Belgian beer tasting. Belgium makes some of the world’s best beers, and though German readers may disagree with me (their beers are damn good, too), I really enjoy Belgian kreikCherry Beer.

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Our Live Voyage Report from the maiden voyage of Tauck’s new ms Inspire continues tomorrow from Maastricht, Netherlands. Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

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