Images from Ghent

| May 8, 2015

Ghent, Belgium was such a nice surprise.  One day I was just looking for a pitstop between Normandy and home, when I noticed that Ghent had a Marriott.  Well, if there’s a Marriott in this unfamiliar city, there must be something to see, right?  Was there ever.  I’ll admit that when we drove into the city, I was not impressed.  But that did not last.

Meh.  It's a city.

Meh. It’s a city.

Then it started getting cuter

Then it started getting cuter

Well, that looks beautiful.

Well, that looks beautiful.

That's just the side of a building

That’s just the side of a building (seen while circling city in search of the Marriott)

Very artsy-fartsy building art

Very artsy-fartsy building art

And now we've arrived: the canal.

And now we’ve arrived: the canal on which the Marriott sits

cathedral

Beautiful cathedral

view from ghent marriott

The view from the Marriott atrium–awesome dimension!

european castles, fortress

The Castle of Counts was so stereotypical that it seemed unreal–like a replica, or a Medieval Times. It was breathtaking.

The skyline as seen from the fortress

The view from a fortress window

castle of the counts

Another cool fortress view

weeping willows

Canals wove through the city, in every direction

I couldn't get enough of it!

I couldn’t get enough of it!

Even walls of torn down buildings were beautiful

Even walls of torn down buildings were beautiful

More building art in what turned out to be an artsy-fartsy city!

More building art in what turned out to be an artsy-fartsy city!

A local candy.  It was delicious despite tasting like a combination of cough syrup and berry-flavored gummies.  I don't know how it was good, but it was.

A local candy–and it wasn’t Belgian chocolate. It was delicious despite tasting like a combination of cough syrup and berry-flavored gummies. I don’t know how that turned out to be good, but it was.

Cathedral

Cathedral

local specialty chicken stew

local specialty chicken stew

Not a bad place to wake up Easter morning!

Not a bad place to wake up Easter morning!

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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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