We arrive in Sint Niklaas, Belgium, a few kilometers from Antwerp, eager to see maps and globes in the Mercator Museum. We depart not talking about maps and globes.
|Mercator overlooking his museum|
Our request for an English-language tour of the city's Mercator Museum results in our meeting of Eddy Maes, the museum's Conservator of Cartography.
Eddy makes it clear we should call him Eddy. Eddy's tour makes it clear he has a passion for cartography.
|In the presence of Mercator's 1541 terrestrial globe|
|Eddy, Mary, and the books|
|Eddy, Mary, and the 1554 Munster Cosmographie|
Upon learning of Kelly's Geographic Information Systems tendencies, Eddy arranges an introduction to Professor Philippe De Maeyer, Chair of Geography at the University of Ghent.
|Kelly and Professor De Maeyer|
Yours in appreciating folks drawn to maps and libraries,