Every year, my wife and I make a trip abroad during our holidays. This year, due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to stay at home. Despite the bad weather in July and August, we managed to make some short trips in our own ‘neighbourhood’ (in fact Larry Buck’s report on his visit to Belgium in May 2007 gave us the idea of doing something similar). So here are just some pictures to give the impression that we had the holiday of our life while in fact we only made a drive for about twenty minutes…
An overview by daylight of the 'Graslei' in Ghent.
Same place about three hours later. The tower with the lit clock is part of the neogothic postoffice. The small tower on the right belongs to the same building. The houses you see are authentic and restored; they mainly serve as restaurants and bars. There actually live people in these houses (mostly upper floors).
A closer look on the roofs and the tower of the Saint Nicolas church behind them. When looking attentively you can distinguish five different styles.
A detail of the tower of Saint Nicolas. The three figurines probably represent three apostles.
One facade in detail (more or less).
Another view from some different angle. The fun part of this tour is you can walk everywhere near the waterfront. Absolutely gorgeous.
Another favourit: the 'Gravensteen' or the castle of the counts of Flanders. Can be visited, but not at night...
My personal favourit: Saint Michael's church and Saint Michael's Slope (read: bridge). Fantastic scenery IMO.
All pictures were taken by my wife, no photoshopping whatsoever.
OK, that's it for today. More pictures will follow. Feel free to add comment.