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Nov 25, 2019 - Ghent

Day 16 - Monday 25th November Dry & bright start again. Off at 8.40 & out of the car park using the token we got Saturday evening when we came in. We’d paid €6 for a day’s parking but we didn’t have to pay again so the two night stay only cost €6. It was only about forty miles up to Ghent but we stopped on the way to fill up the LPG bottle. The overnight heating & cooking takes it’s toll but it only took about 8ltrs, less than €5. We also stopped At McDs again for their toilets & wifi plus coffee, also so Viv could catch up with her...

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Sep 26, 2019 - Ghent, Belgium

Ghent (also spelled Gent); we're still in the Flemish region of Belgium. It was originally a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Leie; and in the late Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe, with some 50,000 people in the year 1300. It is a port and university city. In many ways, Ghent's history is similar to Bruges. However, Ghent never fell into decline, as it was able to adapt its economy to the times. During the 19th century, its textile industry became renowned worldwide and it...

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Aug 26, 2019 - August 26, Monday. Ghent

Monday, August 26 We all slept in a little, but were ready to leave at 10:00 to face another thirty+ degrees day. We headed for St. Bavo’s Cathedral which was built in the 13th century and is the oldest parish church in Ghent. Its biggest claim to fame is the Ghent altarpiece “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”, a triptych painted by the Van Eyck brothers in the 1420s. It’s the painting that was stolen by the Nazis and rescued by the Allies, as portrayed in the movie “Monuments Men”. We paid to see the “Mystic Lamb” and stood separated from...

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Aug 25, 2019 - August 25 Sunday Ghent

Sunday, August 25th Maureen and I were at Exki’s for breakfast around 8:30 and the other two joined us a little later. The weather was hot and sunny as usual, predicted to rise to 30 degrees later. By 10:15, we were packed and waiting in the lobby for our taxi van. We had considered taking the train, but decided we’d prefer not to bump our suitcases down the road (it sounds like horses clipclopping when suitcases are dragged along cobblestones) to the station and wrangle them on and off the train. At the airport, after a lot of paperwork,...

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Belgium 2019

Sep 11, 2017 - Belgium - the land where no one smiles but the beer is strong

We are on the road again and absolutely loving the first week back in our VW camper van. First stop has been the UK for a week of catching up with friends and family, drinking local beer, eating puddings with custard and putting up our umbrellas at least 3 times a day. We hiked and explored the “Green and pleasant land” of the English countryside on a sunny day, visited friends in Wales and Liverpool and then headed to the Chunnel. We have always driven through the low countries, without barely pausing on most of our expeditions, so this...

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Sep 1, 2015 - Travelling to Gent

We left Amsterdam by Shuttle bus from the Ibis airport Hotel back to Schiphol airport and then a train to Belgium. You wouldn't believe it(or perhaps you might)but I managed to misread the booking that I had made online and missed the fast express train to Gent. I always explain to people that when you are under pressure and that can be travelling you always drop into your less preferred natural patterns of human behaviour and mine include lack of detail and not living in the present. While we were busy taking photos of the beautiful...

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Aug 12, 2015 - Ghent, Belgium

Belgium is a country of two halves. French-speaking Wallonia in the southern half and Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north. Ghent is in the Dutch-speaking north. It is about an hour’s drive west of Brussels. All the sites to be seen are within easy walking distance of the city’s historic center. The reason we chose to visit Ghent is because it is one of the most well-preserved and restored cities in Belgium whose historic center has canals lined by 12th century guildhouses. Photo 1 GHENT MARRIOTT You could not find a better hotel to stay...

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Sep 5, 2014 - Goin' to Ghent

Arrived to Ghent(English) or Gent(Dutch) or Gand(French)from Luxembourg to the sounds of a piano playing outside the Sint Pieters Central train station. It was set up outside the front entrance and those who could would sit down and play. There's a university, with school of music, in town and so some of those playing were REAL good. Over the next few days we heard pianos playing all over the city. It really set the background soundtrack for an enjoyable city. Lots of tourists, but also lots of residents, and there's a relaxed atmosphere....

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Baltic Europe 2014

Apr 17, 2013 - Ghent and Brugge, Belgium

For more than five centuries, Ghent was one of the largest cities in Europe. Any casual visitor to Ghent will notice that for a mid-sized European city, it has some remarkably outsized, monumental buildings. The St Bavo, housing the immaculate "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" is rich in history and tradition. Brugge, a quick 45 minute train ride, is a UNESCO Heritage Site. It is one of the most beautiful and impeccably preserved medieval cities today, with winding canals and a rich and interesting mix of old and new. Streets are lined with...

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Apr 16, 2013 - Ghent

Today we headed to Ghent another major city of Belgium. The city has a long history and was between 1000AD and 1550AD one of the most important cities in Europe due to the Flemish cloth trade. The city during that time boasted a population of about 60,000. Similar to Bruges that period saw continued disputes between the counts and emperors (who supported France) and the citizens (who supported England). In one of the disputes in 1648 the Habsburgs were forced to close the River Scheldts and hence the trading stopped. As you can imagine...

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Sep 17, 2012 - Ghent

We arrived in Ghent in the early evening. Ali drove us in, and we found our way to the hotel without too much trouble. They had a car park, which was full, so we had to drive a couple of blocks away to a public car park. Luckily we could drop our bags off in the hotel before we went to the car park. Ghent was built in the middle ages as a town on the confluence of the Lys and Scheldt rivers. Apparently now it is mainly a university town, and it has a port - although I didn't really see the port. Maybe it looks different to my...

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Aug 30, 2012 - Ghent

Another small pretty canal city with lots of Flemish architecture (stair-step front rooflines). I enjoyed a 40-min. canal cruise while Ivan walked the city. (He feels he sees more and has more time to frame up his photos.) We then exlored more whilel munching our Belgian chocolates and mixed nuts. About 3:00 we boarded the bus for the drive to Bruges where we had a great dinner that included a wonderful hot mozzarella cheese salad and chocolate mousse for dessert.

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