A train ride to Ghent and Brugge in Belgium

City of Ghent in Flanders, Belgium

This excursion was part of our trip that ended in Paris. Arriving in Ghent on a May Day in 2013. It was a cloudy, and it had rained on and off for 4 month. First thing we saw was a see of bicycles at the train station. We walked to our B&B “A Bed in Ghent” by host Tom de Wolf. We were greeted warmly, and he carried our luggage upstairs.

Bicycles at Ghent train station

We arrived at the Ghent train station. We were greeted by many Bikes

The room was retro and comfortable. I remember it had a records and a record player from Beatles and such, basically 70ties music. After discovering Ghent on 48 hour city pass, Museums, castle and boat rides, we took a day trip to Brugge. Ghent is conveniently located between Brussel and Brugge.

Ghent is a port city in northwest Belgium where the rivers Leie and Scheldt rivers meet. In the Middle Ages, Ghent was a powerful city. Today the university town is a center of cultural activities. The traffic-calmed city center is known for its medieval architecture, such as Gravensteen Castle from the 12th century and the buildings on the Graslei, a series of guild houses on the Leiehafen.

Bruges or Brugge is the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium. The canals, cobblestone streets and medieval buildings are characteristic of the city. The port of Zeebrugge is an important center for fishing and European trade. The Stadhuis (town hall) from the 14th century on Burgplatz has an artistically carved ceiling. On the nearby market square there is a belfry from the 13th century with a carillon of 47 bells. The 83 m high tower offers a panoramic view.

The Belgians are masters in languages, lots of them speak German, French, English and their own Flandern. By the way, something that is confusing, the town Brugge is the name in Dutch, Bruges in French, and Brügge in German.

A great resource I found were those guide books by Rick Steves. It helped me discover sites I did not know without. You can buy them here:

Ghent, Belgium Architecture
The typical Belgium Architecture
Boats in Ghent, Belgium
Strolling down the boardwalk admiring the boats
Ghent castle

The ancient Ghent castle

Crochet doilies  in Ghent
Crochet doilies, an old art. Saw this in a shop window as a display
Altar in Ghent Museum
An Altar in Ghent museum
Brugge, Belgium Architecture
Arriving in Brugge. Depending what nationality you are you’d call it Bruge, Brugge, Brügge or Bruges. Notice the steeples and the colorful buildings
Bruges, Belgium
Took some pictures off the boat. Belfry Tower
Bruges Market place, Brugge
The Market place is puzzling on Saturday morning. At 3 pm everything was quite
Bruges Market place, Brugge
Brugge Market
Belfried of Brugge
The Belfried of Brugge is located right at the market place
Horse carriages in Brugge, Belgium
Horse carriage taking people on tours
Bruges Grachten
Taking a boat ride on the Grachten (channel)
Dog in the window
Riding by a doggie in the window
Interesting figures
Fountain in Brugge
An unusual fountain in Brugge
Church of our Lady, Bruges
Church of our Lady, Brugge
Looking across the Brugge Market place
Famous Belgium chocolate
Famous Belgium chocolate

More impressions of the Brugge

Many varieties of Belgium Beer

Click on picture for the Belgian Waffle recipe

Belgian waffle
Belgium Waffles we ate the Brugge Market place
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