Moving on to Antwerp

30 Jan




Good morning everyone!
Piggletino is making his way towards Belgium this time! His scout decided to stop by Antwerp briefly, and Piggletino learnt of a terribly shocking story about the origins of the name ‘Antwerp’! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Legend has it that there was once a giant who lived at the Scheldt river, who would require a fee from those crossing the river. If they failed to make their payment, the giant would severe their arms and throw it into the river! The giant was later subdued by a young hero who would also chop off the giant’s hand and throw it into the river. There the word ‘Antwerpen’ was derived from ‘hand’ and ‘to throw’ in Dutch.

OH MY! Here’s the statue of the young hero throwing the giant’s hand, right in front of the town hall!


Piggletino was so freaked out that he had failed to listen to another version of the origins – one of which was that ‘Antwerp’ was derived from the Latin ‘antverpia’, referring to ‘ante verpia’, or ‘before sedimentation’. Since Antwerp was part of the Low Countries, it seemed that such was a reasonable explanation for its name.



Ok, so Piggletino doesn’t have the attention span for all that history. He’s going to keep moving! Stay close!


4 Responses to “Moving on to Antwerp”

  1. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist January 30, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    I like the giant story better 🙂

    • Piggletino February 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      Haha like most of us, Piggletino only heard that one… I guess that story is indeed better!

  2. wannabephotographer87 January 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    Make sure to put some sunscreen on piggletino! Hahaha! Beautiful place 🙂

    • Piggletino February 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      Nice place indeed! Oh how sweet of you to think for Piggletino!

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