Ghent is the largest city in East Flanders and is located at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys. In the Middle Ages it was one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. It was occupied by the Germans during both World Wars but escaped severe destruction and was liberated by the British in 1944. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university. Its center is the largest car-free area in Belgium making it a nice place to wander even though it was quite cold and windy.
|Museum of Fine Art|
|There was a bike race in town.|
|At a university coffee shop.|
|Belgian chocolate is world-renown. Even the tiniest shop has an amazing array of chocolates to choose from.|
|Palace of Justice|
|The Gravensteen Castle (think "Tower of London" but on a smaller scale).|
|The Ghent Lion|
|Ghent Train Station|
|OOPS! Left it out all night!|
|Arriving back in the Netherlands|
|The back yard when I got home.|
|What the entrance to the construction site looked like. I had to walk with my bike most of the way down this street because it was unplowed and I fell a couple times trying to keep the bike upright.|
|Pushing my bike across the construction site...snow way too deep to ride.|
I hope you enjoyed the tour of Ghent. Now take a stroll over to Unknown Mami and take tours of some other pretty incredible places.