We had a light breakfast in the apartment and then went off. Ghent is one of these towns that is on the 'bus tour route'. That means that they aren't necessarily a place where lots of folks stay overnight but it is a place where the buses come in, dropping off their loads in the late morning and picking them up in the late afternoon. Therefore when we got going around 9:30 in the morning, the town was pretty much deserted of tourists with the exception of bunches of tours of older folk. Wife and I decided that this time of year - early spring - is old folk touring time (oh ya that would be us too :()
I liked Ghent a lot. It's one of these places that is very easy to get around in a day and just screams Europe.
Along the banks of the River Leie
During the late Middle Ages, Ghent and Brugge became wealthy turning English wool into textiles
It was pretty chilly in the morning but we was having fun!
Building decoration is a common theme
The Graventeen Castle or Castle of the Counts
Flanders (the part of Belgium we're in) was ruled during 15th and 16th centuries by the Dukes of Burgundy who were as powerful as the kings of France and England at the time.
Belgium is known for the variety of its beer and the quantity of beer drunk
My sons-in-law are all avid beer drinkers so I had to take this picture for them.
This is the town hall with which is kind of weird with two very different architectural styles
Scenes from the Belfort (Bell Tower) - The highest point in town
Looking toward St. Nikaalskirk and the River Leie
North toward St. Baafskathedraal
The fountain looked much more interesting from up here than at ground level
West toward the town hall
The Belfort seen from ground level
Wife and I have found as we get older that one big meal a day is more than sufficient when we are on our travels. I've had great luck making use of TripAdvisor and we found this place that had really good food at reasonable prices.
Foreground left is rabbit stewed Flemish style (in beer), the omnipresent frites, and a gratin of seafood that Wife raved about.
A blurry picture of said rabbit taken from the bowl before the shot above.
It was very good and very copious.
Dessert was Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream
On a Boat Tour
Wife and I love our boat tours.
The sitting on the butt is a nice complement to our massive amounts of walking
Sometimes photographers cop a really smart ass attitude when they have their picture taken
The boat guide explained that in Ghent they maintain the facades of buildings in their original architectural forms and then build whole new buildings behind them.
This facade is the oldest in Ghent dating from the 12th century
Our guide call this the 'Manhattan sky line of Ghent" where you can see the three largest towers of St. Nikaalskirk, Belfort, and Baafskathedraal all in one shot
Our guide didn't say what this was.
I'm calling it "Our Lady of Gas Attacks?"
By the time we were done with our boat trip is was 4:30 and we were tired and still quite full from our big lunch which we ate at around 2:00. So we stopped at a grocery store near the apartment and got a couple of salads and a bottle of wine.