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The Belfort of Ghent

Apr 11, 15 The Belfort of Ghent

Posted by in Belgium, Featured, Ghent

There are two buildings that make up the Belfort. Firstly, there is the old Belfry Tower. Construction started on this structure in 1314 and continued though many community upsets (war, plague, politics) to be completed in 1380. From the Belfry, soldiers were able to see the surrounding city and alert townsfolk to impending danger....

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Gravensteen Castle

Apr 09, 15 Gravensteen Castle

Posted by in Belgium, Featured, Ghent

We’d only been in Ghent for half and hour, with no knowledge of what to see or do, when we saw Castle Gravensteen poking up above the buildings in Graslei and Korenlei. And, because I’m not able to resist a medieval castle or church or house, the first thing out of my mouth was: Oooohhhh, it’s a medieval castle....

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Geeraard de Duivel Steen

Apr 07, 15 Geeraard de Duivel Steen

Posted by in Belgium, Featured, Ghent

Between St. Bavo Cathedral and the Bisdomkaai is the Geeraard de Duivelsteen, known in English as the house/castle of Gerald the Devil. A plaque near the building says, Threatening, robust. Somewhat sinister even. Yet the devil never lived here. Gheeraert Vilain’s dark skin was the cause of his nickname. The imposing building...

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The Lamb of God

Apr 05, 15 The Lamb of God

Posted by in Belgium, Featured, Ghent

Call it what you want: the Lamb of God, the Ghent Altarpiece, Het Lam Gods, or the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb; but, what it is is one of the world’s most significant paintings… that no one knows about. This 12-panelled work is thought to have been commissioned by Joos Vijdand and then conceived by Hubert van Eyck in...

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Saint Bavo Cathedral (Sint Baafskathedraal)

Apr 03, 15 Saint Bavo Cathedral (Sint Baafskathedraal)

Posted by in Belgium, Featured, Ghent

Researching the history of Saint Bavo Cathedral is like peeling an onion that becomes more complex, detailed, and varied as you remove each layer. I doubt you could have a church this old in Belgium without it having an incredible history. The Cathedral is obviously named after St. Bavo/Baafs who was born in 622 to a rich nobleman....

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The River Leie

Mar 30, 15 The River Leie

Posted by in Belgium, Featured, Ghent

We partook in a boat tour on our last day, which in hindsight would have been better suited for the first day so we had a good foundation from which to explore the city. But, we were looking for a rainy day (yes a rainy day) so the crowds were smaller and the tour less squishy. We lucked out with a “misting day” and...

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Ghent, Graslei, and Korenlei

Mar 28, 15 Ghent, Graslei, and Korenlei

Posted by in Belgium, Featured, Ghent

Ghent is a lot of things: a university city, a port, a World War I/II survivor, a popular festival destination, and at one point it was the second largest medieval city after Paris. The later is likely because the city grew at the confluence of two rivers: the Scheldt and the Leie, which made it ideal for the city to become a...

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And, Onward…?!

Mar 26, 15 And, Onward…?!

Posted by in Belgium, Featured, France, Ghent, Paris

So… we are supposed to be in Paris for spring break. But, there’s been a bit of drama. Nothing REALLY dramatic (like having your passports stolen or being robbed at gunpoint or attacked on the streets by roaming marauders). We started with good intentions and great plans but almost immediately I got sick. Really, really...

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