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Old May 12th, 2017, 12:37 PM   #81
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Gorgeous shots! Ghent looks like a must see when in that part of the world.
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Old May 13th, 2017, 09:16 AM   #82
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Beautiful city it is! Beautiful shots.
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Old May 17th, 2017, 12:28 PM   #83
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Gorgeous shots! Ghent looks like a must see when in that part of the world.
It's literally in the middle between Brussels and Bruges. But most tourist don't even consider this as a stop (more and more though).

I'd say it is perfect as a base when visiting the country. There's good train connections with Bruges, Brussels and Antwerp (Liege is very possible too), great to spend the night (bustling city with lots of bars and restaurants) and more charming than Brussels (which has much more of the big city feel).

I've even heard tourists that were staying in Ghent complain about Bruges after visiting it, saying that it's "just like Ghent, but without all the cool stuff to do". Yet even I think that is not doing justice to the beautiful city of Bruges.
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Old May 18th, 2017, 05:53 AM   #84
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Beautiful pics of Ghent, Ben!
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Old May 18th, 2017, 11:04 PM   #85
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I've even heard tourists that were staying in Ghent complain about Bruges after visiting it, saying that it's "just like Ghent, but without all the cool stuff to do". Yet even I think that is not doing justice to the beautiful city of Bruges.
That's a very diplomatic statement you've made here...
Of course these people are right. Bruges is too much a perfect fairy tale city and a big tourist destination. I like to wander along the medieval streets, alleys and canals of Bruges and of course there are some nice bars, restaurants, clubs, concerts and festivals.
But nothing compared to Ghent, which is a bustling cultural hotspot. You can't see that from my pictures, which were taken on a cold winter morning. But from spring to autumn, from dusk to dawn and from dawn to dusk, this really is a vibrant city. But I seldom take my camera to Ghent or its events, I like to be part of that city, not only a spectator with a camera.
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Old May 20th, 2017, 12:54 PM   #88
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It's literally in the middle between Brussels and Bruges. But most tourist don't even consider this as a stop (more and more though).

I'd say it is perfect as a base when visiting the country. There's good train connections with Bruges, Brussels and Antwerp (Liege is very possible too), great to spend the night (bustling city with lots of bars and restaurants) and more charming than Brussels (which has much more of the big city feel).

I've even heard tourists that were staying in Ghent complain about Bruges after visiting it, saying that it's "just like Ghent, but without all the cool stuff to do". Yet even I think that is not doing justice to the beautiful city of Bruges.
Thanks for the info! It indeed sounds like a good place to bebased to go and visit other places in Belgium.

Keep the great shots coming Benonie.
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Old May 21st, 2017, 07:10 AM   #89
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Phantastic buildings, great pics, Ben!

One of my favourite is 87/3, and 87/4 has holds a secret, but I can't exactly
describe what it is. The shadows, the colour of the building, the unknown
story of the people we see?
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Great roof-top shots. I always like those.
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Wow! What a lovely city!
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Old May 23rd, 2017, 11:24 PM   #92
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It really is!

That's why we choose this wonderful city for our wedding party tomorrow...

Because me and my girlfriend, the mother of our son, finally get married. On the very same day we came to live together: 20 years ago, May 24th 1997.

It's gonna be a tough day, wish me luck!
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Ghent is a lovely town. IMO, it is far nicer to spend time in Ghent than in Bruges, which chan be quite touristy. The buidings in Ghent are not as opulent, but pretty, nevertheless.
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Great, very nice new updates, Ben
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Best wishes from me, Ben!
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