Ghent Journals

Gems in Ghent

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A November 2007 trip to Ghent by barbara

Marriott Ghent Photo, Ghent, Belgium More Photos
Quote: We used Ghent as a base to explore nearby Ypres (also written as Ieper) and Bruges in one long weekend.

Marriott Ghent

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Hotel

Marriott Ghent Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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The Marriott in Ghent was only a year old when we stayed there for part of our American Thanksgiving weekend in November 2007. Sleek and modern with all the niceties you would expect from the Marriott brand, the hotel proved to be a very pleasant base for our trip in Beligium. The biggest advantage is that we were perfectly situated to explore the historic section of Ghent itself on foot while Brussels, Bruges, and Ypres were within easy reach by car. While rates vary, we also felt as if we got a bargain per a special on the internet at 119 Euro a night for two adults and a child. (Additional adults will always add $$.) Parking will set you back another ...Read More

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Marriott Ghent
Korenlei 10
Ghent, Belgium B-9000
+32 (9) 233-9393

Chez Leontine Restaurant

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Restaurant

Chez Leontine Restaurant Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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We had read about Chez Leontine in another journal on IgoUgo. The review was so glowing that my husband did a little more research to see if we'd be interested. When he read you can get a pint of just about every Belgium beer offered on a book-length menu, we had the concierge at our hotel call ahead and make reservations for an early dinner. Once we were seated, we were very glad we had done this because we watched the host turn several folks away who walked in off the street looking for a table. Apparently, eateries get booked up on the weekends, so you might want to do a little planning. What was the decor like? This is a traditional Flemish pub, and we were seated n...Read More

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Chez Leontine Restaurant
Groentenmarkt # 10-11
Ghent, Belgium
09 225 92 56

Non Solo Caffe

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Restaurant

Non Solo Caffe Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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Instead of paying hotel rates for breakfast, we decided to find a cafe one morning in Ghent. After 10 AM on a Sunday, a lot of the little bakeries did not seem to be open quite yet, so we were happy when we spotted the Non Solo Caffe with its bright yellow and white striped awning in the Emile Braunplein. We went inside to be shown to a cushy booth.How was the atmosphere here? When we sat down Dusty Springfield was singing "Son of a Preacher Man" in the background. Tea candles were lit across the black marble counter near the cash register. The tables were all blonde wood. Cakes and pastries on display under glass looked delicious. The other patrons were well dressed a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 2, 2007

Flanders City Tour

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Attraction | "Flanders' Fields"

Flanders City Tour Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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World War I devastated Europe. It wiped out whole villages, whole generations. It was the "Great War" yielding suffering so horrible and futile that men were never going to pick up arms again. Of course, they did, and WWI became just a sad prelude to WWII. While I believe America played a decisive part in ending this particular European conflict, the US did not enter until late in the game. So when we study history, we do not concentrate as much on the Old World's many tangled alliances, the old conflicts that caused such a heinous domino-effect of war declarations at the beginning of the 20th century and allowed a whole continent to fall into chaotic darkness. In other ...Read More

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Flanders City Tour
Flanders
Ghent, Belgium

Medieval Bruges

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Attraction | "Bruges"

Medieval Bruges Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Bruges is sometimes called "the jewel of Flanders." It is an ancient town that has managed to survive all the wars of Europe. During the terrible violence of the early twentieth century, it might surprise you to know that on two occassions German officers who felt the town was too beautiful to be destroyed went to the effort to move actual battle lines to protect the place from bombing. Historically, since the port was silted hundreds of years before thus making certain types of development here difficult, Bruges was able to stay locked in the past that would help it enjoy the prosperity that is always brought with high levels of tourist dollars in the present.So what i...Read More

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Medieval Bruges

Bruges, Belgium

Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts of Flanders) Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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Castles are always good things to tour when traveling with a kid, so we walked over to the Gravensteen one morning. You must remember that at one point Ghent was a powerful city state. Flanders itself was rich because of its cloth. There were close ties to England. Money meant power, so this wasn't just a tiny hamlet that was without consequence. A count here was as a good as another country's prince. Sooo, it's only logical a suitable castle would be erected. The one you can visit was built in the 12th century by a count who was doomed to die in the crusades. Our visit: Though opened at 9am, we seemed to be the only people at the ticket office when it was pushing 10. That...Read More

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Gravensteen (Castle of the Counts of Flanders)
Sint-veerleplein 11
Ghent, Belgium