Destination: Ghent

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.

Wanna share my ride? :) Weather forecast failed me. It was hot!
Wanna share my ride? :) Weather forecast failed me. It was hot!
Streets towards the city center
Streets towards the city center

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.

Someone discovered the joy of selfies
Someone discovered the joy of selfies
Discovering the universe
Discovering the universe
St. Nicholas Church from afar
St. Nicholas Church from afar

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. :)

View from the Belfry of Ghent
View from the Belfry of Ghent
Let me do my maths here. Not!
Let me do my maths here. Not!
Van Eyck and Van Eyck. Hubert and Jan, great artists of their time completed the Ghent Altarpiece.

Van Eyck and Van Eyck. Hubert and Jan, great artists of their time completed the Ghent Altarpiece.

One of the things I thoroughly enjoy while traveling is the random street performances.
One of the things I thoroughly enjoy while traveling is the random street performances.
Trying to capture a funny video
Trying to capture a funny video

xoxo,