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Gorgeous Ghent

I was checking out this morning and heading to Brussels via Ghent. It was a gorgeous day so went for an early morning walk. Bruge was totally showing off -the skies were brilliant blue and cloudless so the canal was like a mirror with reflections of the beautiful old building s absolutely perfect , There was hardly anyone in the streets so I ended up walking around most of the old town again but admiring it on a pristine clear day without all the crowds.

I then collected my bag and headed to the train station where I caught the train to Ghent - just a 30 minute ride

Arrived at 10.30am, left my bag in a locker & caught the 4pm train to Brussels. Ghent is exactly half way & 30 minutes from both towns

I got off at St Pieter station & caught a tram for 2km to the historic centre I hadn't prepaid and thought I could buy a ticket on board and was fined 7 E. Not a nice way to treat an unwitting tourist!!!

From 1000 till 1550 Ghent was one of the most important cities in Europe, was larger than London & 2nd only to Paris in size

Bruges & Ghent were the first major cities in Belgium & thriving economies in the 13th & 14th centuries for the manufacture and trading of cloth The guild halls in the market squares were to stringently control arts & crafts.

I started off with a boat ride on the Lieve River before walking all the beautiful streets. Get to see everything twice this way from all aspects. The boat left from Graslei & Korenlei – 6 E for 50 minutes

Went into the Castle of the Counts for 8 E – Gravensteen. Was told that nowhere else in the world will you find such massive castle right in the heart of a city . It was built in 1180 and people were tortured and guillotined here. It was an amazing and beautifully preserved castle with great views over the city

Info Centre with old Fish market entrance with carving of Neptune

St Michaels Bridge has great view of the three towers The first one is St Nicholas Church built in 13th century with blue stone roof

Belfry has the 2nd & dragon that watches over the city's inhabitants tops highest tower the tower

St Bravos Cathedral

Ghent boat ride

Ghent boat ride


Castle in Ghent

Castle in Ghent


Guild building in Ghent

Guild building in Ghent


Ghent town Hall

Ghent town Hall


The towers of Ghent

The towers of Ghent


Towers of Ghent

Towers of Ghent


Ghent

Ghent


Ghent

Ghent


Ghent

Ghent


Castle

Castle


View from Castle Keep

View from Castle Keep


View from castle of 3 towers

View from castle of 3 towers


Castle majesty

Castle majesty


Pretty cool castle

Pretty cool castle


Castle from cafes

Castle from cafes


Ghent town square

Ghent town square


Ghent canal

Ghent canal


Stepped rooves of guild buildings

Stepped rooves of guild buildings


Ghent bridges

Ghent bridges


Ghent bridges

Ghent bridges


Monastery in Ghent

Monastery in Ghent


New & old Ghent

New & old Ghent


Bottoms up

Bottoms up


Ghent station

Ghent station


Beautiful swans

Beautiful swans


Bruge

Bruge


Bruge

Bruge


Bruge Town Hall

Bruge Town Hall


Reflections

Reflections


Early morning perfection

Early morning perfection


Still & quiet

Still & quiet


Looks like a mirror

Looks like a mirror


Early morning Bruge

Early morning Bruge


Bridge & Building reflections

Bridge & Building reflections


Spires against blue sky

Spires against blue sky


More mirror perfection

More mirror perfection

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Belgium

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