|My hair is looking 60's, no?|
If Amsterdam and Paris ever had a baby - it would be Ghent, Belgium. The city is a mix of historical buildings (600 A.D.), great fashion and gorgeous flowing canals. The best part? No pesky tourists. From what I could tell I was the only American there, and after living on an Air Base for 6 months - it was a treat to get away and get lost in the crowd. And yes.... it was crowded.
If I had to pick between Paris and Ghent as my favorite city, it would be hard to choose. It's rich history makes you feel right at home, and a glass of perfection (hand crafted Belgium Beer) doesn't hurt either. I think I'm leaning towards Ghent as my favorite place in the world (for today).....
Like anything, travel stories are best left to photos - so follow along as I show you my weekend trip to Ghent, Belgium:
|However....once I checked into my hotel, I went out the BACK DOOR and found THIS. It was like walking into NARNIA.|
|Isn't this amazing? It was a crisp 59 degrees, so I bundled up in multiples layers and hit the street for sightseeing and lunch.|
|There are bikes EVERYWHERE. They weren't modern bikes either -they were cool vintage looking frames that had a touch of rust. Very vintage and very chic.|
|I wasn't expecting sardines on my Salade Narcoisse, but I picked them off and enjoyed the rest.|
|I also jumped on the TRAM to see the sights.|
|And by canal boat. So lets see .....that is train, bike, tram and boat. I went full circle on transportation. Notice the swans? This city is so cool, they have swans over ducks.|
|There were several churches (19 - if you want to be technical), but I was drawn to this one named after the archangel St. Michael.|
|I'm turning out to be the QUEEN of self portraits. This was in the church, and I thought it turned out angelic.|
|Here is a photo of one of the paintings. There was probably 200 of these paintings inside the church. Massive in size (approximately 15'x10').|
|Another angle. This is my 'serious deep thinking' look.|
|I went and found my favorite -the local flower shop.|
|Ghent by night was |
|For breakfast I enjoyed the best quiche I've ever had (tomato, basil and mozzarella). Yes - even more than Paris.|
|One of the best parts of this trip was the incredible Flea Market. I will do a special posting tomorrow with photos of all of my purchases.|
Belgium Flea Market Bliss
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