January 26, 2017

November 15-18, 2016

Right before coming back to Hong Kong, I had a little less than a week left in Paris. Of course I had to make the most out of my time left in Europe and squeeze in a short trip to Belgium.

Two places that were on my must-visit places were Bruges and Ghent. Since both places are pretty small, I figured it would make sense to spend less time. I decided to spend my first night in Brussels, hop on the train to Ghent the next morning and stay there until late afternoon before hopping onto another train towards Bruges for two nights.

What I found out was there wasn’t much to do in Brussels. Sure, it’s a much bigger city compared to Ghent and Bruges and there were more attractions including the Manneken Pis (the pissing boy, and apparently there’s a girl version too), Atomium, Grote Markt (Grand Place) and that was about it. For those who are interested in visiting museums, you will definitely need more time in the city. I only visited the Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts (Royal Museums of Fine Arts) so I had plenty of time to explore the city and to much on waffles.

Waffles from Maison Dandoy

Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts

View from Belfry of Ghent

Ghent Canal

Ghent Gravensteen Castle

Bruges Minnewater (Lake of Love)

Main takeaway from this trip was I seriously underestimated how much I loved Ghent. I was only there for a few hours but I fell in love with the serenity and peacefulness of the small city right away. Even though I pretty much walked through the city in one afternoon, I wouldn’t mind spending more time and staying there for the night.

Happy eating and traveling,
Joey ♥

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