Bruges was catapulted even further into the tourist spotlight by the film "In Bruges".
To redress the balance, today I'm sending a little bit of love Ghent's way.
Ghent and Bruges share quite a few things in common, including waterways, belfries and the fact that they go by multiple spellings (Ghent, Gent / Bruges, Brugge).
Ghent is a little bit larger, but its old town is a wonderful network of old buildings, waterways, squares and some pedestrianised streets.
Easily explored on foot, you feel like you have a little more room to move in Ghent compared to Bruges, especially when the day-trippers have hit town.
|View from the belfry|
|Dragon on top of the Belfry|
|Graslei along the River Lys|
|Another view of the Graslei|
|And another of the Graslei|
|On the opposite side, the Korenlei|
Further along the river is Gravensteen Castle. Originally built in 1180 it was used as a seat of the Counts of Flanders, and then a courthouse, prison and even factory. It's crumbling remains were then heavily restored during the past 100 years.
|View from the top of the castle|
|Great Butcher's Hall in the early morning mist|
|Hams hanging from the roof of the Great Butcher's Hall|
|Veerleplein - where a street lamp lights up when a baby is born at a Ghent maternity ward|
|Bridge over the River Leie|
|St Michael's Church - is that the parish boat?|