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Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent March 14th 2020

Une fois n'est pas coutume.... En ces temps où les nouvelles ne nous font pas trop sourire... autant visiter de beaux endroits (même si c'était le hasard...) et se dire qu'il existe de belles villes près de chez nous. Ce 12 mars nous étions invités à déjeuner en Belgique chez des amis et comme une exposition Van Eyck était d'actualité à Gand... nous nous sommes dit qu'un petit détour de ce côté du pays ne nous ferait pas de tort... Evidemment vendredi 13 a tout changé dans nos projets... Nous étions prêts à partir aux Beaux Arts de Gand quand nous recevons un mail nous prévenant de la fermeture du musée... Notre exposition sera donc remise à une autre date... Jour noir pour la Belgique... le Coronavirus va nous faire changer de vie... On ira plus ... read more
Le Korenmarkt et le batiment de la Poste
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Le Beffroi

Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent September 21st 2019

Went to transfer some photos onto my iPad and realised that I left the SD reader in my camera bag in Luxembourg. Can’t blame the blog site this time; it’s my fault. I’ll keep this brief - something I don’t seem to grasp - and head out to take a few with my phone. The pictures tell the Gent, or Ghent story, but I’ll give it a go. I’ve been to Bruges before, but as it is becoming so popular that the local government wants to control the amount of buses that visit on day trips, we decided Ghent was closer and a good alternative. We left Luxembourg at 9am and the road to Ghent is a pretty boring highway, with little to see except the tops of small villages, wind turbines, and forests that look ... read more
The Next Door Garden
Old Ghent Fish Market.
The Gravensteins, The 11th Century Castle

Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent July 22nd 2019

Today we have booked a train ride to Ghent in Belgium. We both think that it feels really special to be able to take a day trip to another country, which is a real novelty for us. It might be possible to do this from Melbourne, but you’d only get to spend much time in the other country during daylight hours if you happened to pick New Zealand, or possibly Papua New Guinea, and you’d still spend most of the day travelling. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who’s done this. I suppose you might contemplate going to Papua New Guinea for the day, if for no other reason than to avoid having to stay there overnight. Papua New Guinea is apparently a very dangerous place. I don’t think Belgium is dangerous. We need to ... read more
Antwerp station
Ghent
Ghent

Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent April 19th 2019

Ghent After another night on the river, we woke up at the port of Ghent or Gent. I’ve seen it spelled both ways. Google prefers Gent in the English version, Ghent in Belgian. Going from the Netherlands to Belgium is a short trip but from the minute we got off the boat, there was a palpable difference that’s very hard to describe but I felt very good being in Belgium. It looked different. It sounded different. And the people were very, very, friendly though they didn’t all speak English like in the Netherlands. It seemed like the Belgians were much more like the French or Italians, loose and emotional, while the Dutch were more like the English, stiff (upper lip and the like) and proud. This is just me and those of you that have a ... read more
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Ghent Altarpiece

Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent July 5th 2018

Hello Everyone Yesterday we got up early to go to a Museum,we were told it was one of the best in Gent,when we arrived we were told it was closedon a Wednesday!!! We made the most of the day and saw the rest of Gent,walked around the shops all to expensive for us,but it was fun. We had a meal out at night. Today we got on the tram to the train station,and hopped on the train to Oostend took about 45 mins,first stop was Brugge,then ours. We hopped on another tram that goes down the coastline towards the Netherlands 68km there and 68 km back,passing all the beach resorts and seeing some of the sea. The rest of day we walked around Oostend down to the beach,and had a fish lunch,and took photos of some ... read more
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Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent July 3rd 2018

Hi Everyone We had a fabulous train holiday through Sweden and Norway,and we said our goodbyes to everyone,who were going in all directions of the globe We had a night in London,and next Day proceeded to catch the Euro star to Ghent via Brussels. Spent the afternoon at Ghent getting our washing done a5 the Laundramat in town and doing a bit of food shopping. In bed bed early as we were shattered!! Today we walked around the town,and then we had a boat trip through the canals ,they explained all about the buildings,fantastic old buildings. In the 2nd world war Ghent authorities asked the Germans when they came to leave the buildings alone ,in return the people of Ghent would house and feed the German troops,that is why there are very old buildings standing today ... read more
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Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent April 12th 2018

A busy day today, a full day tour to Ghent (where the ship is docked) and Bruges. We woke this morning to find another ship inches from our balcony - docked in Ghent harbour, along with 6 other ships! So again, had to cross another ship to reach the shore, then buses to the city of Ghent which is some way from the harbour. After the bus dropped us off, we started (yet another) our walking tour of Ghent, a mediaeval city in Belgium. Our tour guide was telling us that in this part of the Netherlands (Flanders) there are lots of languages. Children learn to speak Flemish, which is a spoken only language but similar to dutch. Then when they start pre-school, at 2 1/2, they learn dutch, then in primary school, French. And then ... read more
Bridge in Ghent
Canal in Ghent
Buildings in Ghent

Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent March 30th 2018

Fairytale like towns :)... read more
Bruges
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Bruges

Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent October 12th 2017

Belgique, you are magnifique!! We were sad to leave Oudenaarde, not only because of the memorable brewery tour, my dears, but because we had little time to tour the city. We left Chiel and Jantien to sail Elodie down river whilst we headed off for another very pleasant cycle. Mostly along the canal paths with the occasional foray into the Belgian countryside. First detour was to a nature school for children. They had some great stuffed animals and birds and videos of birds in their natural habitats. Soon after leaving the school I discovered I had a flat tyre. A quick stop to reinflate it and we were on our way. Next stop was a wonderful patisserie and coffee shop. It required a couple of hill climbs to get there but was well worth the effort. ... read more
This is what happens if you don't change your underwear
This one's for Joshie
These are for Lyla ans Saige

Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent June 16th 2017

Up at 0600 hrs and caught the bus in to Gent from the camp ground. Previously we'd seen a lot of mole hill but no moles however as we were walking through the park we saw a magpie attacking a small furry creature which turned out to be a mole. Well Gus and I rescued it returned it to the grassy area where it could hide. Sight seeing on Gent is great. Heaps of historic buildings. See photos and short comments.... read more
St Bravo's Cathedral
Inside St Bavo's  Cathedral
The Belfry




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