Ghent Journals

Caution - Belgium Will Sneak-up On You - Ghent II

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An April 2011 trip to Ghent by flyingscot4

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Quote: Somehow I have developed an emotionally strong affinity for Ghent. I rank the city right up there with Edinburgh, Scotland, and Nürnberg, Germany (my two favorite cities in the world). My criteria for ranking a city at the top is simple. Would I like to live there? You bet!

To Luc...

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Luc Van Elst (luchonda) Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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This Journal is dedicated to a man I never met, but wish I had. A man with whom I swapped emails only a couple of times, but wish I had swapped more. A man whose writings I truly enjoyed, but who will write no more. I only just learned of his untimely passing over a year ago. His name is Luc Van Elst and he wrote under the name "luchonda" on this site and on Virtual Tourist as well, and I urge readers to look to his writings to learn about Ghent - the real Ghent, and about Luc's world.Luc wrote with a love for and a passion for his country, and about the city that was his home. He loved Ghent, raised his family there, and enjoyed all of the things that make that city a p...Read More

A Love Affair With A City

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Korenlei and Graslei Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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I'm normally not this much of a perfectionist, but I feel that I have left much undone in my writing about Ghent. I can understand my love of Edinburgh and Nürnberg. I have spent much time in Edinburgh and I lived in Nürnberg for three years. I wish I could live in both of those cities for a couple of years each. I love Scottish history and I was able to see Nürnberg "rise from the ashes," so to speak. Ghent is different. I spent a couple of days there twice in the 1960's, seven days in 2005 (Ghent was my "base city" for Belgium), and a couple of days in 2011. I have not spent much time there at all.I remember liking Belgium in the 60's. I liked everyplace new in the 60's. I especi...Read More
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

Bruges & Ghent - A Comparison

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Lovely Reflections II Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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I have written "glowing" Journals about both Bruges and Ghent. It is not because I can't make up my mind about which city I prefer. I prefer Ghent and I have been searching for comparisons between Bruges and Ghent for a few weeks now. I was looking for quotes from other sources that felt the same way about the two cities as I do. I love Ghent, but I really, really like Bruges too, and I have been searching out the comparisons of others that put into words those few statements that have been escaping me. It is not that I am looking to justify my opinions, just to help explain them. I don't know what I have found, but I need to stop looking and get on to the next part of my life. I h...Read More

Before I leave... two Churches

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Sint-Niklaaskerk Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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It is difficult to leave Ghent without mentioning Sint-Niklaaskerk and Sint-Baafskathedral (St. Nicholas Church and St. Bavo's Cathedral respectively). Both are very old with histories that are well worth reading.The two churches are within sight of each other, about 3 blocks apart. Sint-Niklaaskerk was built first, beginning in the 13th century and was the church of the trade unions (or "guilds"). The side altars of the church were built by each of the guilds and the church was a powerful meeting place (non-political, of course).When I first entered the church I was struck by the amount of light present because from the outside I expected the opposite. The ch...Read More

Saint Bavo Cathedral, Sint-Baafskathedraal

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Attraction | "Sint-Baafskathedral in Ghent"

Saint Bavo Cathedral, Sint-Baafskathedraal Photo, Ghent, Belgium
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I visited Sint-Baafskathedral (St. Bavo's Cathedral) several times during my stay in Ghent. I wasn't looking for anything specific, I just felt like going back. Even though I had been there the day before, I didn't feel line it was a waste of time. Only two days earlier I visited the Church of Our Lady in Bruges with the absolutely stunning Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo. That is a hard act to follow.At St. Bavo's I twice paid the admission charge to view the magnificent polyptych The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by brothers Jan and Hubert van Eyck. The panels were painted over the years from 1420 - 32, and while the masterpiece was not actuall...Read More

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Saint Bavo Cathedral, Sint-Baafskathedraal
Sint-baafsplein (st. Bavo's Square)
Ghent, Belgium