Overview Ghent

Visiting Ghent

The capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province in Belgium, Ghent is a city rich with history. Once one of the largest and richest cities in northern Europe, Ghent remains a vibrant - though decidedly quiet - city, often overlooked by tourists who flock to Belgian hotspots like Bruges and Brussels. Ghent is bursting with history -- from the 11th century Gravensteen, to the medieval center of town, home to the Saint Bavo Cathedral, Belfry of Ghent and the 13th century Saint Nicholas Church -- making it an ideal spot for history buffs and architecture mavens alike.

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The capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province in Belgium, Ghent is a city rich with history. Once one of the largest and richest cities in northern Europe, Ghent remains a vibrant - though decidedly quiet - city, often overlooked by tourists who flock to Belgian hotspots like Bruges and Brussels. Ghent is bursting with history -- from the 11th century Gravensteen, to the medieval center of town, home to the Saint Bavo Cathedral, Belfry of Ghent and the 13th century Saint Nicholas Church -- making it an ideal spot for history buffs and architecture mavens alike.

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Stories and Tips Ghent

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Before I leave... two Churches

Written by flyingscot4 on 03 Aug, 2011

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…Read More


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Bruges & Ghent - A Comparison

Written by flyingscot4 on 19 Jul, 2011

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…Read More


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To Luc...

Written by flyingscot4 on 13 Jul, 2011

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…Read More


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A Love Affair With A City

Written by flyingscot4 on 12 Jul, 2011

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…Read More


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The City Is Old, but the Night Is Young...

Written by flyingscot4 on 11 Jul, 2011

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…Read More


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It all started with this dumb Journal...

Written by flyingscot4 on 06 Jul, 2011

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…Read More


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So, What's To See In Ghent?

Written by flyingscot4 on 23 Jun, 2011

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…Read More


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Partly Personal - Stories and Experiences

Written by flyingscot4 on 01 Jun, 2011

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…Read More


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Here's To Ghent

Written by flyingscot4 on 28 May, 2011

"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…Read More


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Overview of Belgium In General

Written by flyingscot4 on 26 May, 2011

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…Read More


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