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:
Especially if I get to go in a super old castle:
And if walking back to the hotel after dinner looks like this:
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.