Ibis Gent Centrum Opera
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... rebuilt parts of it so it was complete. Since there is a long tradition of building in stone masonry, the restored sections look pretty authentic, just obviously not 1000 years old.
Then there was the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a multi panelled series of paintings (polyptych) making up an alterpiece. It s housed within St Baafs Cathedral in a separate room within a glass enclosed climate controlled chamber. It's quite big, 12 individual paintings framed and ...
... photos before reaching the sign that said, no photos. Ah, well...for a small fee, Judith went in to see the altarpiece of the van Eyck brothers, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, with twelve panels painted in exquisite detail in glowing colors. The rest of the church is beautiful, but very ornate, with side chapels all around and a very fancy alter backdrop and carved pulpit.
By now it was time to both eat and warm up. We found a ...
... The painting survived the protestant iconoclasm, Napoleon's troops and Hitlers abduction, so well deserving of its current restoration.
Surrounding the walls of the chapel are the coats of arms of the "Knights of the Golden Fleece". My initial thought of Jason and the Argonauts wasn't a close connection, though the name does acknowledges the wool weavers of Flanders and classical greek legends. It was actually ...
By Paul I think our Brussels, Belgium experience can be summed up a bit after one of our hosts this morning, (on our third day here) said to me "I think we need to make breakfast". I replied "We have some muesli we can eat". Both our hosts then laughed. I replied "WE CAN'T JUST EAT WAFFLES, CHOCOLATE, AND DRINK BEER ALL THE TIME. I NEED SOMETHING ...
... speak it and love practising. Lots of people assumed I was French, therefore eaves dropping in two languages was amazing haha.
Anyway, about 20 minutes into the flight, I started talking to a lady from Cameroon - who was sat next to me. She shouted and started laughing (about the seatbelt) " I'm too fat". This is my sort of friend! I'd estimate she was ...