Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bed & Breakfast Bakeliet, Antwerp

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This post is ridiculously overdue! Gomen!!!

I've been so busy making my third book and then I went to Antwerp and Copenhagen and now I'm back in Tokyo and finally catching up on everything.

I really want to show you some of my behind-the-scenes pictures from my new book, but first, some pictures of Antwerp.

Tourism Antwerp flew me, along with 11 other creatives to Antwerp for a week to explore the incredible city that is Antwerp. They arranged absolutely everything. My flights, hotel, week schedule, meals, activities...they even set me up with a bike for the week, a museum pass, a travel pass and a charged up mobile sim card. However, for me, the most amazing part of the trip were the incredible human beings that they curated as part of the 12 creatives. I cried like a baby as my train pulled out of Antwerp and headed to Brussels airport. Honestly I was crying so much I almost missed my train! And when the man I sat next to asked me what I was doing in Antwerp I had to pull my handkerchief out to dry my tears. But more on that later.

For now though, I want to share with you the gorgeous Bed & Breakfast This is Antwerp set me up in. I doubt that there is a more 'Hello Sandwich-style' hotel in the world! I couldn't believe it when I arrived at this gorgeous place!

Andrew from Walkie Talkie picked me up from Brussels airport. Andrew is responsible for introducing me to Trap Music - Itay - I know, I know 2000-and-late! - During the week we listened to this in the car (from 15:30, from memory).

Hanne from This is Antwerp and I had a meeting in the dining room before she left me briefly to settle in before the welcome dinner. After almost 24 hours travelling via train, plane, bus, and car, I can't tell you how special it was to arrive to such a hidden gem.

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Soooo Many Instagram-able corners!

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And I met this little cutie! Seriously adorable!

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My new friend followed me to my room.

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The cozy B&B Bakeliet has just two rooms (and the lovely owners and their children live upstairs), one of which is the Billie Holiday room, and the other is a Charlie Feathers room. I stayed in the romantic Billie Holiday room which came complete with a 1931 bathtub, garden view and record player. It was soooooo incredibly wonderful waking up each morning bathing in the bathtub and listening to 40s and 50s vinyl. I really need to get myself a record player in my tiny Shimokitazawa apartment.

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I stood at this window in disbelief for the longest of times. Seeing this each morning, covered in almost-winter mist - - - I can't tell you how happy I was!

It was such a life changing week. I can't wait to share with you the other photos from the week over the next little while. But in the time being, if you're planning a trip to Antwerp, I can highly recommend the B&B Bakeliet.

Love Love
Hello Sandwich


  1. Reading this, I kind of feel proud to be Belgian. I'm glad you had a great time here! ^^


  2. WOW that hotel looks great! The TV shelf is so cute :3

  3. howdy....thx for this lovely post....
    allways welcome !
    big Kiss and love from Pol (the cat) Julie, Kato, Tuurke and Jeanne

  4. So happy to meet you & so happy you liked Antwerp so much! Was serious about the package by the way! We'll send you some packaging if you want! :)

  5. I DIE. I DIE X100000000000000
    Take me there, please thank you.

  6. you were so close....
    nice to see antwerp through your eyes.

  7. Oh my goodness! Talk about brown paper packages tied up with string! What a perfect place to make the heart flutter!