The views from the Michielshelling Bridge at dusk
Last summer I was lucky to visit Ghent For the third time in my life. The city that saw the birth - on February 24 of the year 1500- the famous Emperor Carlos I of Spain and V of Germany, is usually always compared to the nearby Bruges. For me there is no color: I stay with Ghent.
This city it is a historical monument itself. The concentration of majestic buildings per square meter is difficult to find in any other city in Europe, or in the World. But Ghent is not just that. University city, is full of life both day and nightfall. Graslei and Korenlei Straat They are a meeting point for many young people who realize bottles of wine or beer while trying to fix a battered Europe. The river and the spectacular views are its source of inspiration. Alcohol apart.
I arrived at the Sint-Pieters train station under a blinding sun. The nearest pharmacy clock showed 14.35 and 24 degrees Celsius of temperature. That in Ghent is heat. Good heat.
I decided to walk with my wheel bag to the hostel where I would stay. I had asked a man how far the center was and he told me that only 15 minutes. It must be by bike, or I was a bit lazy.
In the end I decided to stop to eat at the restaurant where I was mentioned and then move on to leave the suitcase in the hostel.
I had about 48 hours to explore the city at my own pace. Of the blogtrips in which I participated, this was the best in terms of freedom of movement. And I thanked him very much.
Young people gather in Graslei to chat until after midnight
In the hostel I expected a bag with useful information about the city, a poncho to wear at the Lokeren and Geel festivals (which I would attend that weekend), and a Mi-fi device that would allow me to have an internet connection, both on my laptop and mobile, throughout the territory. Great welcome pack.
I went for a walk in the city with the beautiful reddish light of the sunset.
One of the first monuments that impact the visitor is the imposing Gravensteen, the Castle of the Counts of Flanders. Raised at the end of the 12th century by Felipe de Alsace, it was the place where Carlos I. was born. Although this time I did not enter inside, I did it on my first visit to Ghent in 2003. It is restored and conserves the moat -with water - surrounding the main structure.
From the battlements of the wall you can see a beautiful view of the city. It also has a good sample of weapons and, for the most sadistic, torture devices.
Having traveled the most emblematic buildings of Ghent on other visits, I dedicated myself to enjoying the sunset sitting on the terrace of one of the bars that overlook the river in Graslei Straat.
The gradual change of light on these picturesque houses, typical of Flanders, deserves to be seen without any hurry. TO slow motion.
When the sky is completely dark, it is time to take advantage of one of the pamphlets you can get at any tourist office: Lighted ghent.
The call was designed for years Ghent Light Plan. In it, both functional and monumental lighting were focused in a global way. The result has been the lighting of the most important points of the city: buildings, canals, entrance gates, main axes of circulation, shopping streets, parks, plazas, docks ... etc ...
Although you have the option of hiring a guided tour, you can also take the tour on your own, helped by a simple free plan.
Having already had dinner, I dived into the night Ghent.
Vrijdagmarkt Square is full of restaurants and bars whose terraces come alive at night