Hotel de Flandre
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Today was our only full day in Ghent aftwr our half day arrival and then yesterday in Bruges. We set out in the morning on a 10 min walk back towards the historic core. Our first destination was the Gravensteen Castle, but on our way we passed Sint-Niklaaskerk (Saint Nicholas Church) which Valerie wanted to see. I think she was interested because it was named after St. Nicholas aka Santa Claus. Like all the historic churches we've seen, it’s really old, being built between ...
... t get ID'd here.
Because I am only drinking beer! And at age 20, I am already four years past the organ drinking age of beer. Yep, you can drink beer here from 16. The thing I have noticed though is that there are so few young people out to get drunk.
They enjoy a few beers and that's that. Maybe having started with beer at a younger age, by the time ...
... more to demonstrate power and prestige than for defensive purposes. From the 14th C onwards, it had a chequered history, latterly falling into such a state of disrepair that there with plans to demolish it. Fortunately that didn't happen (no available money at the time) and it has become another of Ghents significant sights.
The castle is still in the process of being renovated with an anticipated completion ...
... would have wished for, especially after being on our own for so long. We had a system down, and were free to roam the cities. It was nice to see everyone, we were friends with all of them, it was just a more jumbled setting with less freedom.
At the end of the tour, we went to a restaurant, with the professor at Ghent, along with some of his colleagues and some grad students. We went to a rib restaurant, and had all you can ...
... strict silence policy inside the bar while the music was playing, which was a pretty cool idea, but we wanted a chat, so we got a beer and went and sat outside for a chat. We added some beer pictures to our collection, then decided to move on to the next place. We grabbed the bikes and walked through more of the beautiful town to a bar called Het Trappistenhuis that had over 150 different Belgian beers! They had a menu to read to choose your beer, but it was in Dutch, so ...