Welcome to Ghent! There is so much to see and enjoy in this beautiful city! The architecture is fascinating, fabulous little eating areas, welcoming walking paths along the canals, two magnificent churches and artwork to rival that of all of Europe!
Ghent and Antwerp, our last stop on our trip, are situated in the northern part of Belgium. The area is considered Flemish, and the language is different from the southern region, where French predominates. Ghent is the largest city in the east, and its building are remarkably well preserved.
Two major churches dominate the city scape in the area St. Nicholas’ Church and the Cathedral of Sant Baafs, which houses the famous painting The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. It has been stolen 13 times, and recovered, and is now being restored. We found a poor copy in one of the side altars, showing the lamb up on the altar..
Gravensteen Castle was already under construction in the 10th Century, and continued to expand and remained fortified for many centuries to come.
Have developed a bad cold, along with several other passengers, so am fading fast. Not so fast that I could not down the chocolate mousse we had for dessert. Tomorrow is our last day on the boat. Antwerp coming up, then home through Brussels.