Arrondissement of Ghent

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  • Day495


    November 3, 2017 in Belgium ⋅

    We'd heard good things about Ghent from Diderik, our WWOOF host and were looking forward to our visit. Leaving the van along with others on a spacious free car park next to a rowing club on the riverside we began walking the few kilometres in to town.

    From the student area, water polo court, kayak club and flats that looked like university accommodation we passed into a neighbourhood that seemed to have united behind a community campaign. More than a dozen houses displayed posters demanding a 30kmph speed limit and a change to the traffic circulation. After translating one we found it focussed on the thousands of vehicles that passed their houses every day. A lot of building and roadworks were taking place; grand old stone buildings with arched windows and embelished facades were mixed in with popup flat roofed concrete boxes with no character.

    Even in the suburbs bicycles were well provided for with quality bike lanes. Cyclists and parked bikes increased the closer we got to the centre and it made a difference on the roads. Like Brugge, Ghent's canals were alive with heavily laden tourist barges offering a different perspective on the city. We like the feeling these waterways give a city centre, breaking up the slick of concrete and high rise blocks. Old stone bridges arched over these canals, and as the sun was high, many of those cast with shadow appeared in black and white, as if watching a movie of years gone by.

    Our first stop was Vrijdagmarkt square where a Friday market was still held. Vicky picked up an 'appelflap' pastry and Will a pot of cooked snails in a spicy celery sauce. Despite it being crowded here in the centre, it wasn't particularly noisy. Café tables lined many a cobbled street with people sitting quietly sipping hot drinks.

    Making our way towards Avalon, a vegetarian restaurant, we passed Ghent's well maintained but small castle. Unfortunately Avalon had a sign in its window stating it had 'closed forever' so we chose a frituur and had fries for lunch instead; it is Belgium after all! We later discovered the vegetarian restaurant was running on site at the farm where the food for all its dishes is grown!

    When working at De Woudezel, our host's friend Stoffel had brought round cheese from the small organic cheese co-operative he worked for. It was real quality produce and we'd resolved to visit their base in Ghent to get some for ourselves. On the way we came accross an alley that had been given over to graffiti. A group of young men seemed to be trying to film a rap video but we were just two of the many people they politely encouraged to walk past them. The street just looked too interesting for inquisitive tourists to leave it alone for too long! The day turned into a culinary tour of Ghent when we were lured down yet another interesting side street; this one strung with colourful bunting. Down here we found Mie Vie; a vegan café. Deciding to make up for the closed veggie restaurant, we ordered tea and fruits of the forest muffins which turned out to be some of the best we've eaten. The atmosphere was chilled and we enjoyed relaxing before setting off once again towards the cheese shop.

    Het Hinkelspel was a kilometre or so out of town in a factory building adjacent to a canal. From the road we could see large cheese rounds maturing on shelves and stepping inside, the shop just blew us away; we'd never seen so much artisan cheese! We explained that Stoffel had brought cheese to the farm and we'd liked it so much we'd come to buy some of our own. Ordering Vicky's favourite white cheese and some smoked with seaweed in, we asked for blue and were given tasters of the 8 week old, then the 8 month mature. Both were gorgeous but the older one was so rich and creamy we decided to get a big chunk. To our surprise, the person serving added a good sized end of the smoked cheese to our growing pile. We'd already picked up some local honey but asked if there was a nice dry red wine. They had two, but drew our attention to the 8% ale they had designed to compliment their cheeses. It was a no-brainer, all that was to be decided was what size bottles to get. The person serving suggested we take a couple of small ones from the fridge to have straight away but Vicky wanted to wait until we were back to drink them. Will fancied a bench picnic, but we went for 2 large bottles in the end. We paid and were on our way out when the person serving grabbed a chilled bottle and handed it to us "here, just in case you do find a bench somewhere!".

    We were grinning from ear to ear as we left. This Organic Co-Operative is just the kind of business we like to support. Its products speak for themselves and it is ethically aware, but on top of all this we were given an wonderful experience as customers, not to mention the much appreciated freebies!

    It had been a full day in a fun city with a progressive vibe. We were both tired but happy when we returned to the van, so instead of cooking, we did as the locals were doing and visited the frite cabin at the far end of the car park for a veggie burger and shared bag of fries. There were even some left over for Poppy!
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  • Day491


    October 30, 2017 in Belgium ⋅

    Leaving our 2nd one night stopover, we got underway on our journey to a designated motorhome aire in the town of Nevele. We took one of the two spots outside the sports centre that were reserved for vans and made ourselves at home by putting our black rubber mat outside the door.

    Will went for a walk up the street and over the modern arched pedestrian bridge into town where, unhindered by Vicky's restraint, he picked up a couple of tarts from the local bakers. The shortcrust pastry was heavy with cream and jellied raspberries- a real delight!

    The sports centre was shut but there was a steady stream of cars ambling in and out of the nearby cemetery. Although many children in Belgium mark Halloween by dressing up and singing songs outside their neighbours' doors, a far bigger focus is given to All Saints' Day and the Day of the Dead, on the 1st and 2nd of November respectively. The 1st is an official public holiday and many shops and other businesses remain closed on the 2nd. The graveyards burst with colour as large pots of Chrysanthemums are placed on the plots of loved ones who have passed. We walked through Nevele graveyard on All Saints' Day and the atmosphere was more one of commemoration and remembrance than of the mourning that usually pervades such places in the UK. We feel that opportunities to observe different customs such as this are a real privilege of life on the road.
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  • Day35

    The Flemish Ardennes to Gent

    June 10, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Nancy and I have returned to Gent for the weekend. We had coffee with Manu and Katelijn before cycling up the Schelde River into Gent/Gand/Ghent.
    If you would like to experience cycling along a canal in Flanders go here:

    If you would like to experience cycling into Gent (and right up to our apartment go here:

    This was the city we spent three month in last year. We had a great time and had to return before kicking off our summer in Amsterdam.

    The crafts fair was happening this morning at the Vrigemarkt around the corner from our place on Baudelostraat. A market has been held here continually each Friday since the ninth century.

    Mo and Nasi had us over for a Persian dinner of lamb and rice last night. Tonight we'll go out to dinner with them.
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  • Day7

    Ghent. Belgium Gem

    July 6, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We pulled up to a small barge behind a dirty pub and I doubted any wow factor for this travel break between Paris and Amsterdam.

    I was wrong.

    What we saw was spectacular. 7th century monasteries, courthouses covering crime down to Paris, canals that were their main roads and toilets overhanging canals as they were also “washrooms”. Bridges where beheadings were convenient the disposal of blood and heads and that took heads off if one traveled too fast underneath.

    Paris was rebuilt two centuries ago. This architecture and culture existed thirteen centuries ago. Historic overload.

    Oh. And Belgium is proud of their beer and chocolate. The beer is thick and wine like not thin and hopsy like Aussie stuff and the chocolate......oh!!! (Says coco in coco heaven)

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  • Day281

    Entertainment CHECK!

    January 30, 2017 in Belgium ⋅

    Entertainment and videographer booked! 🎶
    We found an amazing band to entertain our guests during the reception.
    We also booked the videographer who's gonna capture the most beautiful moments in a memorable video. 📽🎬

    ➡ The Almost Swinging Band

    Bel: 0485  68 12 85

    ➡ Duchateau films by Gunther Vandecasteelde

    Bel: 0473 890633
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  • Day223

    Adieu la France

    July 28, 2017 in Belgium ⋅

    Heute haben wir Frankreich verlassen und sind nach Gent in Belgien gefahren. Auch die letzten Tage haben wir mit sehr durchzogenem Wetter zu kämpfen gehabt. Trotzdem konnten wir die wunderschönen Kreidefelsen und einige Städtchen der Normandie besichtigen.

  • Day21

    Even pauze

    August 6, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Overtocht ging soepel, rustige zee, nieuwe boot, niet veel passagiers. Wel raar om de hoge hekken bij Calais te zien... voelt niet welkom...
    Nu een zelfgesmeerd broodje met een gekookt eitje en een likje mayonaise. Mmmm.
    Temperatuur is 35 graden. Oeps, zo warm hebben we t lang niet gehad!

  • Day5


    February 12, 2018 in Belgium ⋅

    Parkplatz am Rande des Kanals und Strasse. Wieder nicht wirklich prickelnd, aber halt Ausgangspunkt für die Stadtbesichtigung. Gent ist wirklich eine Reise wert. Wunderbare Altstadt. Im Restaurant Amadeus gibt es eine Spareribs Flatrate. Rechtzeitig da sein oder reservieren empfiehlt sich, da das Restaurant aus gutem Grund sehr beliebt ist.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Arrondissement Gent, Bezirk Gent, Arrondissement of Ghent, Гент, Arondisamant Gent, Genti ringkond, شهرستان گان, Gand, Arrondissement di Gand, Gent, Huyện Ghent, 根特區

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