What is better than summer time European vacations? Basically nothing. I have so blessed to be able to explore the world with my family; taking in the culture, experiences, and adventure that Calgary can’t give me. This summer we did two countries, France and Belgium.
We actually were in Paris before Belgium, but only for one day so that post will come later. After a night in Paris, we rented a van and drove to Belgium for a three day excursion. You would think we went to Brussels but surprise, we didn’t. We stayed in Ghent for two nights, and stopped by Brugge on the way back to Paris.
Ghent is amazing. Its like a little Belgium enchanted forest town, with cobble-stone roads and medieval architecture. The canal runs right through the center, and provides a cute boat ride to see the town. Belgium can basically be summed up by chocolate, beer, and waffles. You don’t really need anything else. But if you do need something more they have these weird candy things called Noses of Ghent. You can only eat one or two because they are pure sugar.
When we were waiting for our food to digest so we could go eat more we went through all Ghent had to offer for cathedrals. They were, as expected in European cathedrals, breathtaking. Ghent had a lot of money for a period of time because of the industry there and could build up these beautiful buildings. Belgium didn’t suffer the destruction of war so most of the buildings are original.
Brugge was on the way back to Paris and was definitely a tourist destination. I liked Ghent better because it felt authentic and genuinely Beligan where as Brugge felt just like a tourist stop with tourist stores and photo-ops. It was also annoyingly busy with tour groups. BUT it was still a beautiful, quaint town that is recommended to see (after you visit Ghent of course).