Aerial views of Antwerp, Belgium

The view from our helicopter, looking northeast, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the right; Antwerp, Belgium

The view from our helicopter, looking northeast, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the right; Antwerp, Belgium

 

Arriving in a port by ship provides great sea-level views of the approach and the port.  However, one misses the “bird’s-eye view” perspective provided by an airplane flight over the port on the way to the local airport.  In Antwerp, we had the wonderful opportunity, thanks to arrangements by friends, to take a 9-minute helicopter flight over the Schelde River, the waterfront and the historic center of Antwerp.  These photographs are from that quick fly-over.  A magnificent way to see a city!  And we got a close-up of our home on the ship (starboard side).

 

A bird’s-eye view of Antwerp, looking south, Belgium

A bird’s-eye view of Antwerp, looking south, Belgium

 

With Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) in the foreground (the modern, red brick building in the basin), looking south, Antwerp, Belgium

With Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) in the foreground (the modern, red brick building in the basin), looking south, Antwerp, Belgium

 

The view looking southeast, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the left; Antwerp, Belgium

The view looking southeast, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the left; Antwerp, Belgium

 

A close-up of our ship, docked on the Schelde River, and the waterfront; Antwerp, Belgium

A close-up of our ship, docked on the Schelde River, and the waterfront; Antwerp, Belgium

 

The view looking east, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the left; Antwerp, Belgium

The view looking east, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the left; Antwerp, Belgium

 

Our helicopter takes off for another flight, with the birds, over Antwerp, Belgium--

Our helicopter takes off for another flight, with the birds, over Antwerp, Belgium

 

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