Gent - one day before Christmas

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Beer heaven

The day before Christmas I had planned to do all my Christmas shopping that was related to food, but before doing that I wanted to show my friend Jacob the city of Gent which I really like.

The traffic in to Gent was murderous but as soon as we passed the outer ring it was not too bad. We parked under the Vrijdagmarkt which is quiet central and which is often available. The Vrijdagmarkt was for once not full with stands and it was the first time I had a possibility to see how it looked on its own. The square is large and surrounded with nice buildings from different periods. A glance over the building will take you on an eye feast of history.

We walked quickly down to the canal at Meerseniersstraat mainly because it was really cold and secondly I like the houses in this area.

Meerseniersstraat
We visited a local beer shop in Kraaenlei to get some heat but also to see the large quantities of Belgian beer they had there. After this inspiration we went down to Gravensteen. Gravensteen is an old castle originating from the Middle Ages and the name means 'castle of the count' in Dutch. From there we walked to  Groentenmarkt before we had to have a visit to Het Waterhuis which is a very nice place to get the warmth back in your feet and taste some Belgian beer.

We walked down Korenmarkt to the beautiful St. Nicholas' Church (Sint-Niklaaskerk) which is one of the oldest and most prominent landmarks in Ghent.

The building of the church begun in the early 1200s as a replacement for an earlier Romanesque church, construction continued through the rest of the century in the local Scheldt Gothic style (named after the nearby river).

View of Graslei from the bridge of Sint-Michielsbrug
Typical of this style is the use of blue-gray stone from the Tournai area, the single large tower above the crossing, and the slender turrets at the building's corners.

From here we walked down to the 91-meter-high belfry which is one of three medieval towers that overlook the old city centre. The others are belonging to Saint Bavo Cathedral and Saint Nicholas' Church. The Belfry has through the centuries served not only as a bell tower to announce the time and various warnings, but also as a fortified watchtower and town treasury.

We went from there to the from the bridge of Sint-Michielsbrug to view of Graslei which brought me back to the days of this summer where I enjoyed the Gent Festival. We continued walking the small streets for yet another hour before getting back to the car and Brussels to do our shopping, but I had managed to open my friends eyes for another beautiful Belgian city.  

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Beer heaven
Beer heaven
Meerseniersstraat
Meerseniersstraat
View of Graslei from the bridge of…
View of Graslei from the bridge o…
Vrijdagmarkt
Vrijdagmarkt
Vrijdagmarkt
Vrijdagmarkt
Vrijdagmarkt
Vrijdagmarkt
Meerseniersstraat
Meerseniersstraat
View from Kraaenlei
View from Kraaenlei
Nice little beer bag
Nice little beer bag
My friend Jacob in Belgian beer he…
My friend Jacob in Belgian beer h…
The restaurant at Groentenmarkt
The restaurant at Groentenmarkt
A part of the waterpost at Groente…
A part of the waterpost at Groent…
Groentenmarkt
Groentenmarkt
Leaving Het Waterhuis
Leaving Het Waterhuis
View of Graslei from the bridge of…
View of Graslei from the bridge o…
View from the bridge of Sint-Michi…
View from the bridge of Sint-Mich…
Korenmarkt
Korenmarkt
Inside a café at Vrijdagmarkt
Inside a café at Vrijdagmarkt
Inside a café at Vrijdagmarkt
Inside a café at Vrijdagmarkt
Inside a café at Vrijdagmarkt
Inside a café at Vrijdagmarkt
Inside a café at Vrijdagmarkt
Inside a café at Vrijdagmarkt
Ghent
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