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PHOTO: View over Sint Veerleplein Square in Ghent, Belgium

Most visitors to Ghent, Belgium, will at some point wander through Sint Veerleplein Square, if only to walk through it on the way to Gravensteen Castle. My advice is to spend a little time in this square. Not only is it one of the oldest in Ghent, it is one of the most…

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PHOTO: Historic Buildings on Graslei and Korenlei in Ghent, Belgium

The view along the Graslei and Korenlei in Ghent, Belgium, is largely regarded to be the prettiest spot in the city. Ghent may be tiny in size, but it packs a tourism wallop. In 2008, National Geographic Traveler Magazine rated it the third most authentic destination in the world. That may, in part,…

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A Trio of Delights in Belgium: Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent

Brussels: Famous for Beer, Chocolate, and Piss. Yes, Piss. As a little girl, I sat on my grandmother’s lap, fascinated by the tales she spun. I readily believed most of her stories, but the one about a famous statue in a city named Brussels, which featured a little boy taking a piss, seemed…

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PHOTO: Boat Rides on the Canals of Bruges, Belgium

Though this Flemish city is small enough to see on foot, one of the best ways to experience it is to take a boat ride on the historic canals of Bruges, Belgium. Bruges began life in the 9th and 10th century with a settlement on what is today likely Burg Square. To facilitate…

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PHOTO: Old Guild Houses in Market Square in Bruges, Belgium

Activities in Market Square in Bruges, Belgium may have changed over the centuries, but one thing hasn’t. It’s still the commercial and cultural center of the city. Since the year 958, Market (Markt in Flemish) Square has been the the scene of medieval festivals, tournaments, and even executions. Weekly markets have been held…

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Touring the “Wasted Lands of World War One” in Flanders, Belgium

One hundred years ago, the Flanders region of Belgium lay in ruins. World War One had left cities like Ypres razed to the ground. Many such towns were in such a state of ruin that Winston Churchill suggested they be left as monuments to the Great War rather than being rebuilt. To many,…

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