Bruges is a beautiful little town, while Ghent is quite large and very active, and it has been said that “… you get the feeling that this is a city first and tourist destination second, in sharp contrast to Bruges.” Getting off the train and making our way into town you could tell that this was going to be a different experience, but not in a bad way.
We had to wander a little to find the tourist information office, but once we did the friendly reception assured us that it was going to be a good day. Armed with our walking tour map and some suggestions on how to get away from the teeming masses, if we so desired, we took off into the overcast, cool, breezy Belgian morning.
In a word, Ghent was delightful. Maybe not as polished as its neighbor 30-minutes to the north, but with more of a feel for what daily life is about in a living museum. We’re glad we went to both cities. Enjoy the images.