A Beautiful November day in the wonderful city of Gent

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No other city in Belgium has so many listed building as Gent. The whole inner city should be declared an area of outstanding natural beauty. Many of the building are on UNESCO´s list of world heritage.

To walk around in the city is to walk through history. Though the inner city is beautiful and worthy of preservation Gent is also a modern city with many business enterprises and with a lot of trade.

The city is not only focused on the past but is developing with the current time. This delicate combination makes it a wonderful city - amoungst many of my Belgian collegues also rated as the best city in Belgium - do I need to say that they are from Oost-Vlaanderen.

The gastronomic culture is fantastic in this city. There are more than 350 restaurants and they are offering a broad spectrum of culinary variation, e.

Can it be much better than a great variation of a local sausage feast
g Gentse Waterzooi and Gentse Mokken.  Waterzooi, which is the citys speciality, is a kind of soup with vegetables togehter with either fish or chicken.

Every fifth year Gent is hosting the biggest flower exhibition in Europe called Gent Floraliën, and as a result of this Gent is well known as a Flower city. The speciality of the region are the begonie and the rhododendron.

I have made it my mission every time my son is visiting me in Belgium that we visit a new Belgian city every time - this weekend we had the fortune to visit this wonderful city. The best thing about walking around a city with no hurry is that you have time to fine the small thing - and this city was full of them.

The city is situated where the rivers Leie and Schelde joins.

Chicken!!
Due to massive trade with textile and wool in the 16th centurie he city became one of the most wealthy cities in Europe and most importent city - only surpassed by Paris. In this period the city also became one of the most picturesque cities in Vlaanderen due a vast network of brick roads and houses build with wonderful corbie gables. Through many years Gent was controlled by many different powers like England, France and Spain but Gent had always its own political and financial interest. This resulted in agreements with the other Vlaanderen cities agaist the foreign powers.  

The best way to find out te secrets of the city is to take one of the many canal boats - you can see the many different sizes on my pictures. You can take these from either Graslei or Korenlei where you will detect the the beautiful houses with picturesque terraces and wonderful corbie gables. It is possible to rent your own boat also but if you are not up for the water then you can always take a walk in the oldest site of town with is Patershol and enjoy it from the land.

Believe it or not but Gent is a habour city even though it is situated in the middle of Vlaanderen but due to the canals of Gent-Oostende and Gent-Terneuzen (Holland) the has connection to the North Sea.

 

Chokk says:
Thanks - it is a really nice city
Posted on: Apr 07, 2009
Petra2111 says:
Great pictures!!
Posted on: Apr 04, 2009
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Wonderful colours in November
Wonderful colours in November
Can it be much better than a great…
Can it be much better than a grea…
Chicken!!
Chicken!!
I liked this house - especially th…
I liked this house - especially t…
The back side of the Rijks arkiv
The back side of the Rijks arkiv
New and old in harmony
New and old in harmony
The back side of the Rijks arkiv
The back side of the Rijks arkiv
Lucky to find a parking space
Lucky to find a parking space
I like that the trams are plunging…
I like that the trams are plungin…
Nice colours for an November day
Nice colours for an November day
Can there be more beautiful buildi…
Can there be more beautiful build…
Corner of the Rijksarkiv
Corner of the Rijksarkiv
Walking street in Gent
Walking street in Gent
Beutiful and cosy in the same time
Beutiful and cosy in the same time
What a wonderful design - and this…
What a wonderful design - and thi…
Beautiful - why cant we afford to …
Beautiful - why cant we afford to…
Calm and cosy
Calm and cosy
Next time I am taking the boat in …
Next time I am taking the boat in…
Wonderful old house
Wonderful old house
Making the street cosy with olives
Making the street cosy with olives
Narrow and nice
Narrow and nice
Beautiful stonework
Beautiful stonework
Colours in November - wow
Colours in November - wow
The wonderful colour of autum
The wonderful colour of autum
At the foot of heaven
At the foot of heaven
Entrence to the church
Entrence to the church
Symbol of power
Symbol of power
Wonderful house - strange with red…
Wonderful house - strange with re…
Mirror, mirror - what do you hide?
Mirror, mirror - what do you hide?
View from the canal
View from the canal
Wonderful dark house at the town s…
Wonderful dark house at the town …
Proof of wealth
Proof of wealth
Cosy quarters
Cosy quarters
The old city well
The old city well
Cosy restaurant - how this city wi…
Cosy restaurant - how this city w…
The Hanging Ham of Gent
The Hanging Ham of Gent
What a summer terrace
What a summer terrace
Boatride in the canals
Boatride in the canals
Beautiful town square
Beautiful town square
They dont build like this anymore
They dont build like this anymore
On the way to Korenmarkt
On the way to Korenmarkt
Pakhuisstraat
Pakhuisstraat
The wonderful canal
The wonderful canal
An army of orange scouts in Pakhui…
An army of orange scouts in Pakhu…
Calm waters og Gent
Calm waters og Gent
What a lamp post
What a lamp post
Who would not like to sitt here a …
Who would not like to sitt here a…
Willow waters
Willow waters
Narrow streets of Gent
Narrow streets of Gent
Where the water end after hiting t…
Where the water end after hiting …
In the willow park
In the willow park
Beautiful house next to the city c…
Beautiful house next to the city …
Willow and water
Willow and water
The escape of the wall
The escape of the wall
A small corner tower on Gravensteen
A small corner tower on Gravensteen
Narrow streets of Gent
Narrow streets of Gent
Backside of the retaurat house wit…
Backside of the retaurat house wi…
What a corner house!
What a corner house!
Going far in the tram?
Going far in the tram?
Gravensteen
Gravensteen
Gravensteen
Gravensteen
Wonderful terrace
Wonderful terrace
Cosy tourist ride on the canal
Cosy tourist ride on the canal
Gravensteen
Gravensteen
Gravensteen from the water
Gravensteen from the water
Talk about location
Talk about location
Narrow houses - cute
Narrow houses - cute
Town museum
Town museum
Beautiful streets of Gent
Beautiful streets of Gent
Yet another beautiful corner house
Yet another beautiful corner house
Two house will never look alike in…
Two house will never look alike i…
Walk of the water
Walk of the water
Town market
Town market
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