Friday, October 31, 2014

BELGIUM: GHENT (GAND, GENT)


We bought the train tickets and we are on the train at 9:20am. We arrived at Ghent at 10:00 and got in the Starbucks for breakfast. We enjoyed a Chai Tea Latte Venti and a Muffin.

It was a bit cold but luckily the day was sunny. With the tram at 11am we were in the old town of Ghent. Once in the city center, Ghent is a city really grateful to visit because all the monuments are very close. I really liked the mix of Gothic churches and castles connected by canals and bridges.

These are the places and monuments we visited in Ghent:

  • Korenmarkt
  • St. Niklaaskerk
  • Masons' Guild Hall
  • Belfort
  • Mammeloker
  • St. Baafskathedraal
  • Duivelsteen
  • Stad Huis (city hall)
  • Gravensteen
  • Korenlei and Graslei
  • Groentenmarkt
  • Appelbrugparkje Bridge
  • St. Michielskerk and St. Michielsplein


Korenmarkt



Korenmarkt in Ghent
View from the entrance door of St. Niklaaskerk in Ghent. On the right begins the Korenmarkt. In this picture, the former post office, which now houses a shopping center


Sint Niklaaskerk



Sint Niklaaskerk in Ghent
Sint Niklaaskerk, or Saint Nicholas' church, in Ghent


Sint Niklaaskerk in Ghent
Apse of St. Niklaaskerk in Ghent



Masons' Guild Hall


Masons Guild Hall in Ghent
On the top of the steeped gable of the Masons' Guild Hall in Ghent, six dancers turn merrily with the wind


Mammeloker



Mammeloker in Ghent
Mammeloker beside the Belfort tower in Ghent



Belfort



Belfort tower in Ghent
Belfort tower in Ghent



Belfort Belfry in Ghent
Belfort Belfry from another point of view



Sint Baafskathedraal



Sint Baafskathedraal in Ghent
Apse of Sint Baafskathedraal in Ghent


Sint Baafskathedraal in Ghent
Sint Baafskathedraal, buit in gothic style, in Ghent


Adoration of the Mystic Lamb
The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb was painted by the Van Eyck brothers and you can see it inside the Sint Baafskathedraal



Sint Baafskathedraal in Ghent
Inside Sint Baafskathedraal in Ghent


Duivelsteen




Duivelsteen in Ghent
Duivelsteen, or Castle of Gerald the Devil, beside a canal in Ghent


Geeraard de Duivelsteen
One of the facades of Geeraard de Duivelsteen in Ghent


Gravensteen




Gravensteen in Ghent
Gravensteen, or Castle of the Counts, in Ghent


Gravensteen in Ghent
Beautiful view of the rear wall of Gravensteen beside the canal in Ghent


Typical cone of fries we ate in Ghent



Kraanlei



Kraanlei in Ghent
Kraanlei in Ghent


Graslei




Graslei in Ghent
Graslei beside the Kanaal Gent-Brugge in Ghent


Groentenmarkt




Groentenmarkt square in Ghent
Groentenmarkt square in Ghent



Shopping Street in Ghent
From Groentenmarkt you can walk along the pedestrian and shopping Langemunt street




Sint Michielsplein and Sint Michielskerk



Sint Niklaaskerk and Belfort tower in Ghent
View of Sint Niklaaskerk and the Belfort tower beside Cataloniëstraat from Sint Michielsplein



Sint Michielskerk in Ghent
Sint Michielskerk in Ghent



At 4am we caught the train back to Brussels. After buying the train tickets to Bruges at Gare Centrale for the following day, and the breakfast and dinner in a Carrefour we arrived at the hotel. This time we left at 7pm heading towards the Grand Place to dinner at Chez Leon: potage du jour, avec moules frites and prawn croquettes. After dinner, to the Delirium Tremens to enjoy a deserved beer.



Delirium Tremens bar in Brussels
Enjoying a beer in Delirium Tremens bar in Brussels


Grand Place in Brussels
Grand Place in Brussels lit at night



Besides Ghent, in Belgium we visited the following places too:




  • Day 1 - Brussels
  • Day 2 - Ghent
  • Day 3 - Bruges
  • Day 4 - Brussels




  • Finally, other countries and cities I have already visited are:


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