Ghent, Belgium | August 15 to 17, 2017
So many people who plan on going to Europe overlook Belgium when they map out their itinerary. Not me! I've seen pictures of little towns in Belgium and always found them extremely enticing. Plus, Belgium is the birthplace of french fries (don't ask why there is the "French" in before the "fries") and it goes without saying that everyone loves french fries. Belgians are also behind great chocolate. So french fries and chocolate—it doesn't get much better than that. There's much more Belgium has to offer.
Ghent is a town where you can have an hour-to-hour itinerary or no plan at all, and still have a blast. The town is comprised of cozy little side streets, massive churches, and canals—all which complement each other incomparably. Saint Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal) is probably one of the most gorgeous attractions in the city—inside and out. Built over a millennia ago, the cathedral has seen the baptism of Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, houses the Jan van Eyck's 'Ghent Altarpiece', and has taken the breath away of countless parishioners and tourists alike.
After exploring the cathedral, just across sint-baafsplein (the heart of the city) lies the 700 year old bell tower (Het Belfort van Gent), as well as Saint Nicholas' Church (Sint-Niklaaskerk)—two spectacular Ghent icons. Both are worth seeing. I didn't get a chance to climb to the top of the bell tower to see Ghent from above, but I heard it's worth every step.
After getting something to eat, I found myself on a bridge and it was the perfect view of many of Ghent's landmarks. After I snapped a few pictures, I just stared there for a few minutes in awe. Included in the picture below are the Pont Saint-Michel, Sint-Niklaaskerk, and part of Sint-Michielskerk. It doesn't get any better than that.
I really enjoyed the ginormous churches, cathedrals, and other architectural wonders in Ghent. But before my time was up I wanted to get a picture of the scene you see when you Google "Ghent", which is the Ghent Korenmarkt. Of course, there was a huge crane in the middle of the scene, so I adjusted the focus point of my camera as much as I could. Regardless, it was beautiful and the picture came out pretty damn good if you ask me. Thank you Ghent!