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Old February 8th, 2009, 07:33 PM   #1
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GHENT: WORLD'S 3th MOST AUTHENTIC CITY!

....That's what National Geographic Traveler magazine said from Ghent, a city in Flanders, Belgium. I thought it was a good reason to go and make some pictures from the city where I live...
Ghent has about 237.000 inhabitans and is one of the biggest student city's in Belgium!

Let's go on our tour:

1. A beautiful neighbourhood in the city is called 'Prinsenhof'. A very peaceful and relaxing place! Although it's in the middle of the city some tourists forget to visit this area.



2. More of the 'Prinsenhof' area



3. Prinsenhof



4. Prinsenhof



5. Prinsenhof



6. Prinsenhof



7. View towards the Belfry and the medieval Castle of the Count of Flanders (Gravensteen)



8. Trying to do something 'original'



9. Boat trips on the canal are a popular tourist attraction. On the left you have the old fishmine, wich will be renovated in 2009-2010 (new tourist office will be there)


10. On my way to the Castle of the Count of Flanders (free entrance when you live in Ghent)



11. The castle is nice, also because it's in the heart of the city!



12. View on the city from top of the castle



13. View from the castle



14. View from the castle



15. The Belfry of the city



16. View on one of the most beautiful places in the heart city: the 'Gras- en Korenlei'. On the opposite of the river you have the exclusive Marriott hotel.


The Marriott hotel is located behind a medieval facade, inside it's very modern!
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17. During the 'Gentse Feesten' (10 days during festival in july), the 'Gras- en Korenlei' is transformed into this. Always a great atmosphere! The 'Gentse Feesten' is a huge mostly open-air festival in the entire city. Most concerts are for free, it attracts more than 1 million people each year!
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18. This is the 'Veerle-square'. It's in front of the castle of the Count of Flanders. The ?? sign is the entrance of the old fishmine (renovation 2009-2010)



19. This is the 'Jan Breydel street'. In this street you can find the Design museum. The building in the middle is a very good restaurant for spareribs!



20. The old fishmine from another side. The green zone in front of the picture is the little 'Appelbrugparkje' or in English 'Applebridgepark'. Romantic place!



21. Gras- en Korenlei, a closer view! (Graslei on the left, Korenlei on the right)



22. Bridge that connect the Graslei with Korenlei. The place is full of buildings in a typical Flemish style (Flemish guildhouses)



23. The Graslei (imagine this in summer, with a blue sky and sun ). There also is a exclusive restaurant and loungebar here, it's called the 'Belga Queen'.



24. The Korenlei. Here you can enter the exclusive Marriott hotel (most people think the mix of old and new architecture is quit impressive!)



25. This little square is the 'Groentenmark'. Here you have the smallest cafe from Ghent, but it's not on the picture.



26. Two rivers find eatch other in Gent



27. A popular beerhouse in Gent. It's called 'Waterhouse on the Beerside' wich must be 'Beerhouse on the riverside' . They serve lot's of Belgian beer!



28. This is the 'Huis van Alijn' (house of Alijn). It's a museum for culture, folklore. It's shows how people lived in the past...



29. Inside the 'Huis van Alijn'



Because it was so cold that day, I went home again . In this photo tour I only showed a small part of the city, there is much more to see! Hope you enjoyed it a bit...

Interested to visit?
Check some sites:
www.visitgent.be
www.visitflanders.be
http://traveler.nationalgeographic.c...ated/list-text

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Old February 8th, 2009, 07:41 PM   #2
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Great photo tour!

Ghent is very beautiful and charming!

Thanks for sharing!
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Old February 8th, 2009, 08:30 PM   #3
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Wow!

It's so beautiful
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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:09 PM   #4
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Nice pictures but I think Brussels is the biggest student city in Belgium.
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Old February 8th, 2009, 11:17 PM   #5
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What a charming city!
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Old February 9th, 2009, 11:00 AM   #6
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World's 3rd most authentic city? What does that mean?

Nice city - weird title
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Old February 9th, 2009, 12:34 PM   #7
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Wow! I was really stunned with the beauty of the place. It is truly one of the living paradise.







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Old February 9th, 2009, 12:37 PM   #8
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Excellent photos mate!

I'd love to see a fake city though.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 02:49 PM   #9
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Great pics. Ghent looks beautiful indeed.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 06:20 PM   #10
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Awesome pics - awesome thread
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Old February 14th, 2009, 12:26 AM   #11
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Thanks all for your reactions!
I'm gonna post other pictures from Ghent in the near future ...
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Old February 14th, 2009, 11:47 PM   #12
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My favourite city in Belgium! Thanks for sharing your nice pictures.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 06:43 PM   #13
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stunning pic's of a great Belgian city
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Old February 15th, 2009, 07:10 PM   #14
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very nice.
I was born in Ghent in March 1944.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 07:46 PM   #15
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nice!

which are number 1 and 2?
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Old February 15th, 2009, 07:59 PM   #16
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Beautiful city! Reminds me of a bigger version of Brugges.
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