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Re: Gent advice

Posted by John Sturm on 12/08/2004 06:20:11 PM

Steve, I will join the others in saying that Gent is a great place to visit for, at the very least, a few days. When Eve and I made our first trip to Europe in '95 we spent a night or two in Antwerp and after that we went to Brugge. A tour book or two had mentioned that Gent was a rather unattractive city, gray and covered from grime from it's industrial past. Given that information we did not plan on spending a night there but still hopped off the train from Antwerpen to Bruge just to check it out. Wow. We were bummed that we had not planned on staying. We did make it to the 't Waterhuis aan de Bierkant though!

On our next trip in '96 we intended to do Gent justice (American style) and spent an entire 4 days there. On that trip we again visted Waterhuis and also Dulle Griet and Trollekelder. Great bars all of them.

I also stayed there last year during ZBF and hit the wonderful Trappistenhuis at least twice that I remember! Did not make it to DeuS and have never, in several stops in Gent, made it to Hopduvel.

Webb has some interesting and very true words about Gent. Beers are expensive there, at least more so than in other Flemish capitals. I noticed on this last trip that many of the specialist beer cafes, and not limited to those in Gent, are considerably more expensive than they were several years ago. Also the city is somewhat odd in that the main train station, St Pieters, is a long haul from the center, while the "remote" station, Dampoort is a rather short walk.

The city museum is a nice little art museum, not as grand as those in Antwerp and Brussels but very nice and very homey all the same. They have a very cool H. Bosch painting there.

The Gravensteen castle, thought not an ancient structure is worth a visit and is an impressive site to see.

All in all Gent is a great city. Read up on it's notoriously independent history.

The Kornlei, the Graslei and the central towers make for some of the best urban sightseeing I have seen in all of Belgium.

I will also add that John White's guide is an excellent resource!

Cheers,

John

Gent advice - SteveG, 12/08/04 01:20:01 PM
        Re: Gent advice - Jim Keaveney, 12/09/04 04:05:50 PM
        Re: Gent advice - John Sturm, 12/08/04 06:20:11 PM
        Best drinking town in Belgium - Jeremy Gray, 12/08/04 01:42:02 PM
                Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - Bill Coleman, 12/08/04 04:59:47 PM
                        Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - Jeremy Gray, 12/08/04 05:10:08 PM
                Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - BartV, 12/08/04 04:18:18 PM
                        Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - Filip Geerts, 12/09/04 07:42:33 AM
                        Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - Jeremy Gray, 12/08/04 05:08:17 PM
                Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - John White, 12/08/04 02:02:34 PM
                        Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - podge, 12/08/04 04:12:02 PM
                                A Capella - Ian, 12/08/04 06:07:02 PM
                                        Re: A Capella - Filip Geerts, 12/09/04 07:33:10 AM
                        Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - Warren Becker, 12/08/04 02:43:13 PM
                                Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - John White, 12/08/04 03:10:47 PM
                                        Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - Warren Becker, 12/08/04 03:16:59 PM
                                                Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - Jeremy Gray, 12/08/04 03:38:27 PM
                                                        Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - Warren Becker, 12/08/04 04:08:16 PM
                                                                Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - Bill Coleman, 12/08/04 04:51:52 PM
                                                                        Re: Best drinking town in Belgium - Jeremy Gray, 12/08/04 05:11:30 PM

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