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Ghent, or Gent, or Gand

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Over the Easter weekend, Dave and I took a daytrip to Ghent (Gent in Dutch, Gand in French). Everyone had told me it was like Bruges except less touristy, and the best of the three typical daytrip towns (the third one being Antwerp), and it was, kind of. There were bits of it that definitely looked all chocolate box pretty like Bruges, but it also seemed quite modern, with lots of stuff for young people, which I don’t remember from Bruges (although admittedly, that was years ago I went). It had pretty amazing shopping too for such a small place, in a really nice cobbles street environment.

It felt quite Dutch as well, because there’s lots of canals and bazillions of bikes. Just crazy amounts, chained onto everywhere. In that picture you see just one part of a huge car park full of them, it’s a mystery to me how anyone finds their bike again once it’s chained up in there.

The day involved hangover pancakes, Bulgarian contemporary art, graffiti lanes, art nouveau doorways, robots, lurid eighties furniture, guerrilla knitting, antiques arcades, nostalgic early 2000s indie music and beer in tiny glasses. An excellent time all round.

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  • Rhianne 18 April 2012, 9:48 am

    I was thinking it looks more Dutch too actually… it sounds and looks great though – I love visiting new places in Europe!
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  • Shophopper 18 April 2012, 10:33 am

    Oh, definitely not everyone finds their bike back, but most people in Gent have a kind of twisted communist way of looking at the right to a bycicle: when someone steals yours (which happens a LOT), you just steal one right back. It’s actually the advice the police sometimes dispenses when you report a stolen bike! It’s not an exception to find a loose bike by the station, left behind by someone who just really needed a ride. It’s all pretty funny. Until your bike is stolen, of course. All that was left of mine was a front wheel. My sister is on her fourth bike in 3 years. One was stolen the night after she bought it. Ah, Gent. :)
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  • sara 18 April 2012, 1:10 pm

    These pictures are beautiful Franca! I am so glad you posted these, I was just telling Kyle that I have no idea when or where we will be able to travel to all of the places we want to go and blogging is a great way to see the world with someone else’s eyes :)

    Also, thank you for your comment on my last post, it means a lot!
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  • Bonnie 18 April 2012, 1:54 pm

    Gorgeous pictures. I love taking day trips. They are very relaxing, and it is always nice to get away for a while.

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  • Terri 20 April 2012, 12:54 am

    the photos just look so dreamy.
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