Travel Journal

Saturday - Ghent

(Sunday 4 April 2010) by Jill's travels
We left the Lounge Bar in Ghent and walked around the old part of the City which is known as ‘Kuip’. As soon as we left the Bar we came to St Bavo’s Square which they say is to Ghent what Trafalgar Square is to London. I don’t know whether I agree with that although the Belfy and Cathedral were certainly imposing. This area is under reconstruction at the moment and because of the rain it is really muddy, you can imagine the amount of people that pass through there. The last thing we wanted to see was mud as everytime we park up the heavens open and the first thing we see is mud!! Ghent has some fabulous 18th Century buildings though mixed in with some contemporary however, I did feel it lacked something that other European Countries provide! That said, we found the people to be so courteous and welcoming whether they were Dutch, German or French speaking. It was good to see that they have still retained the smaller shops which sold all the local produce, the delicatessens were stocked with everything you could possibly want including of course their chocolates. Ghent shopping area is all pedestrian, it’ was so nice to saunter around not worrying about traffic! The bus we caught back was again on time, they even have updates of where the bus is and the time it is arriving, no wonder residents don’t use their cars. The days are passing so quickly already in fact, as quickly as Alan’s hair is growing, he looks like the mad professor at the moment, ha x

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