Ghent Journals

Caution - Belgium Will Sneak-up On You - Ghent

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An April 2011 trip to Ghent by flyingscot4

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Quote: Continuing with the Journal series about Belgium - "Caution - Belgium Will Sneak-up On You," this Journal features Ghent. This city of 60,000 residents joined by 60,000 students is a place for young and old, rich and poor, and those looking for intelligent conversation.
Silhouette of St. Nicholas Church Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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Ghent is another Belgian city that has magnificent lighting that makes the Old City come alive at night. Young people line the Graslei and the Korenlei and St. Micheal's Bridge becomes a very busy thoroughfare. The Friday Market Square is lined with restaurants and pubs, all of which are very crowded indeed. Tourists who are staying overnight in Ghent mix with locals at the restaurants and students and hostelers meet in the pubs and along the river and canals. While a few of the outside areas are brightly lit, most of the lighting inspires romance (for any age). Nights and evenings in Ghent are times to relax. Locals and tourists alike amble slowly through the streets and along the river ...Read More

Overview of Belgium In General

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Guild Houses Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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I am beginning all of my Belgium Journals with this "Overview." I think that Belgium and the other "Low" countries qualify for general statements because "the total country includes the sum of its' parts," and there are so many similarities. In this case the "sum" is Flanders.Belgium may be a small country, but it is a very wealthy economic powerhouse that is all to often neglected by the tourism merchants. About the size of Maryland in the US, the country has two distinct sections: Flanders in the North and Wallonia in the South. Flanders is Flemish-speaking (very close to Dutch) while the language of Wallonia is French. Much of Belgium is also quite fluent in English as well as German ...Read More

It all started with this dumb Journal...

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Tourist Guides Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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I love Ghent! This Spring, 2011, I again found it to be a wonderful city, friendly and helpful, and even better than I remembered. I wish I could live there for a couple of years. I had a full and terrific day and evening, and a beautiful morning; met some super folks, and I wanted to tell people about it. First, though, I needed to do a little fact checking and I'm still looking.I try not to bore readers with a travelogue that is nothing more than a regurgitation of information available online and in book stores. As a photographer I am visually oriented so it is natural for me to take and to use a lot of photographs. I become so much more interested in a place that I ...Read More

So, What's To See In Ghent?

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Korenlei and Graslei Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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So what's to see in Ghent? So what's not to see in Ghent? Ghent is a perfect city to illustrate what I mean when I travel. First though, what is there to see in Ghent? At the top of the list is St-Baafskathedraal (St Bavos Cathedral); then St-Nicklaaskerk; St. Nicholas Church; next is the Stadhuis (Town Hall) in the Groentenmarkt (Main Square) and, of course, Gravensteen (the Castle of Counts, and you don't have to climb to get there), then the Belfort,(the belfry - with a lift and a great view). If you have only one day for Ghent, those would be my list for the daytime. Then would follow the Klein Begijnhof, and finally, the Graslei and ...Read More
Castle of Counts Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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In 2011, I finally returned to Ghent. I found exactly the same scene this year as I did six years ago, and it is that scene that I will try to describe in words and photographs (lots of both). The city held the same vibrancy, vitality, and, most importantly, the same emotional rejuvenation for me. First, some opinions and personal experiences... It was close to the end of my month-long trip which took me from Bruges to Budapest and from Warsaw to Vienna. I had a day and a night in Ghent and then it was off to Berlin for three days, and then home. It was an ambitious itinerary and proved to be much more challenging than I expected, but it has also refocused me. Quite simply, I nee...Read More

Here's To Ghent

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Castle of Counts Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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"Let us all raise our glasses and let's drink a toast to Ghent and her people that I like the most." It's a corny self-penned rhyme, but within the environs of this city one finds universities, marvelous cathedrals, wonderful art and museums, a couple of rivers and canals, old buildings, a beautiful Belfry, stunning roof lines, enticing small streets and alleys, restaurants of every cuisine, and even a castle that you don't have to climb a mountain to reach. In Ghent, life is good, especially for us travelers.First, for any travelers going to Belgium, Do Not Miss Ghent!!! Resist the temptation to skip the city or spend minimal time there (like I have done - twice). The sm...Read More