Two nights: Tuesday, July 24 to Thursday, July 26
We left the UK via a flight from Bristol to Paris, where we spent a one-night layover. The next morning we hopped a train to Ghent for a shorter than usual stay, only two nights. We ended up doing this because we wanted to end our overall journey with four nights in Amsterdam. Anyway, with only one full day in Ghent, we didn’t get up to very much (plus, I can be a little lazy while on vacation). Also, it turns out that we arrived just a day after the end of an 10-day long citywide celebration (Gentse Feesten). Crews were still tearing down bleachers all over town and there was trash everywhere – it seemed almost post-apocalyptic. Plus, I think the town was partied out, as it seemed many places were closed for the couple of days we were there.
On the first day, we managed to catch an afternoon city walking tour. The tour was quite fun, in large part due to the enthusiastic older lady we had as our guide. Despite her being around 70 years old, it was a challenge to keep up with her as we toured the city for over two hours. Plus, as a bonus, we were allowed to tour the inside of the Ghent city hall, something you can only do with a guide.
The next day, we headed over to the Museum of Design which had a nice assortment of exhibitions. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that Art Nouveau may be one of my favorite styles. We then spent the rest of the day wandering the city and then generally lounging about. Overall, Ghent was a scenic small city – kind of like Brugges but with fewer tourists.