Gent Belgium is Gorgeous

Gent Belgium is Gorgeous

Gent, also known as Ghent, was on our way to our friends. See my blog 
http://exploramum.com/2014/06/quick-trip-netherlands.html so when we arrived we did not expect the GPS to take us into the centre of town. You might think this sounds OK, but as soon as we see we are the only car amidst buses and trams, we quirky turn around and exit the cobblestone streets. We locate a Parking station right by the bridge and in we go. The parks are so narrow that the passengers must exit the vehicle before I park and worm my way out of the car. It is a very tight squeeze.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent Skyline

Once outside the grey clouds start to leak tiny droplets in us as we walk past the 500 year old church and over the canal bridge to the medieval centre of the historical section of the city.

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Exploramum and Explorason – discovering Gent

I wish I had brought Explorason and I a jacket. It is feeling more like the start of winter, that the start of Summer.

Cuberdons, known as “Gent noses” or “Gentse neuzen” because of their cone-shaped appearance. These purple or black sweets are a Belgium speciality and are made of a concentration of jam / marmalade.  Purple is most famous, but we are told there are other fruit flavours too. You’ll find they are chewy and gummy, with a syrup or jelly like centre. So as we are true explorers, we like to try what is new and we buy a bag of them – a small 150 gm bag is three Euros.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent tasting Cuberdons

Next we wander the cobblestone streets and over another canal. We find really alternative clothing stores. Very bohemian is style but with a European price tag.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent canals

Next to visit is Gravensteen Castle. This was built 1000 years ago. It is so grand and amazing.  You can read more here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravensteen_castle.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent Gravensteen Castle outside

We are greeted by a knight and Explorason loves this!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent Gravensteen Castle – knight

Inside is spectacular and we wonder how the stonework was completed.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent Gravensteen Castle arches

Opposite is the Neptune building. Look at the detail on this.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent Neptune building opposite Gravensteen Castle

We head to an interesting old building and meat hangs curing from the ceiling – some kind of market / restaurant maybe?

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent meat curing

The streets seem to merge together with pedestrians every which way you turn.  It is then replaced with bridges over canals.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent canoe in canal

Pretty buildings in traditional Belgium style line the waterways.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent canal-side café

As it buckets down with rain, we sit outside watching people pass by, canners and boaters sporting matching umbrellas as we sit and enjoy our cappuccino – with a swirl of cream – this is cappuccino Belgium style.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent canal-side café – cappuccino with cream

I forget to go to the toilet, so we stop at MacDonald’s for a soft serve ice-cream. This costs the equivalent of $250 AU yet AU it is 0.30 cents!  I go to MacDonald’s toilet and there is a woman chugging entry of the equivalent of nearly $1 AU. So I decline and pop into a bar next door instead.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent Belgium bars

We meet some fun party-goers. There is a big Expo on tonight and all of town will be dress in crazy and 1980’s fashion we are told.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent Expo

Architecture the changes to a sudden modern canopy so we sad there for a look. It doesn’t fit the scene.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent skyline

This building is adorned with strange figures on the roof. The architecture is interesting.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent rooftop figurines

As we head back to find the car, we cross our last canal and say good-bye to Gent.  We are glad we visited.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Gent horse and buggy rides

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Sometimes cloudy weather is not so bad for your pictures. I actually like the dramatic look. I’ve never been in Belgium. It looks great.

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