Gent - one day before Christmas
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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.
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).
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.