Ghent, Belgium

While away in Europe for 2.5 weeks, we drove to Belgium and spent one day and night exploring Ghent (a small city that’s quite large by Belgian standards). The majority of my time in Europe has been spent in The Netherlands (since I lived there before & it’s my husband’s home country), so I’ve logged a lot of Amsterdam hours. Ghent was less like Amsterdam than I would’ve guessed before visiting.

The city has lots of old buildings, like Amsterdam, but doesn’t seem to have the same mix of modern that Amsterdam embraces and does so well. Ghent feels like a step back in time, or at least a modern, restored version of long ago, and is much smaller, so the pace felt more leisurely and relaxed.

Honestly, I could stroll around any place that looks like this for a while:

View of Street from a Boat in Ghent, Belgium
View of Street from a Boat in Ghent, Belgium

Especially if I get to go in a super old castle:

Gravensteen castle in Ghent, Belgium, built in 1180.
Gravensteen castle in Ghent, Belgium, built in 1180.

And if walking back to the hotel after dinner looks like this:

A street in Ghent, Belgium while walking back to the hotel after dinner. Beautiful place.
A street in Ghent, Belgium while walking back to the hotel after dinner. Beautiful place.

And this:

A street in Ghent, Belgium after dinner. Made for a lovely walk.
A street in Ghent, Belgium after dinner. Made for a lovely walk.

It was like spending the day in a postcard.

More soon! I’m still getting back to normal at home and sorting trip images & details to share over the next few weeks.