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Tongeren {antiquing, Roman history and Pottery Barn}

A couple of weekends ago, we went to the Tongeren antique market on a whim. When we first found out we were moving to Belgium, I was hooked up with a few "ex" Belgian expats who raved about it. Said it was the best in Belgium and possibly the best in Western Europe as well! Well, it's been on the list for 10.5 months and finally we decided to make the 1.5 hour drive west to find out what all the fuss was about. It was a VERY CHILLY morning. Like hardly above freezing. We could have been way more prepared, but just didn't realize it was going to be that cold. SO, I feel like I need a do-over and plan to go back if not in the next few weeks or months, next spring or summer for sure. The perk to going in October was that the leaves were changing and that part was gorgeous! I love the photos where there are fallen leaves littering the cobblestone. I was in autumn heaven (just a very chilly one if I haven't mentioned that! lol) Tongeren is actually the oldest city in Belgium. It was part of the Roman empire and has a wall around it that's close to 2000 years old. So there's some amazing history in the walls and buildings that make the markets that much more interesting. Add my friend Allison to the mix, my 15 euro jar that would go for $150 at Pottery Barn this minute, and some delicious hot chocolate (although maybe any hot choc would have been delicious) and you have a fun adventure indeed! Next time, I'll leave the hubby and kids and home (allison gets to stay!) and will fill up as many cars of girlsfriends that want to go and shop till we drop!

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