Ghent is a small city in between Brussels and Bruges. It takes around 40 minutes by train from Brussels and most people do quick visit on the way to or from Bruges. I think that is such a shame as a few hours in each of these places will not even begin to do it justice. We decided to spend one day in Ghent and it was all for the better. :) Ghent used to be a prominent city-state, a bustling port city as it is at a junction of two rivers. Today, it's a busy university city. If i studied here, I'd probably flunk because my days would have been spent lazing along the riverbanks daydreaming. The walk from the main train station towards the city center is quite long, but very scenic and lots of opportunity to stop by a cafe. :) There are trams around but we were disoriented at first and in no mood to figure the map out so we decided to walk.
I despair every time I recall that we have very few photos of Ghent. Our tripod gave up on us in Brugge the previous day, we frantically looked for a selfie stick in Grote Markt when we got back. We are not selfie people, I'm afraid.
Since we did not join a tour group, we were able to choose where we can spend more time. This meant hanging out in cafes to people-watch and rate the hot chocolate and beer. :)