Ghent

A Beautifully Preserved Stage for History, Chocolate and Headstrong People

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When I think of Ghent – located nearby in Belgium, approximately 25 minutes west of Antwerp, yet only 22 kilometers from the border with the Dutch province of Zeeland – I imagine a rich cultural history, filled with colorful people, important events, fascinating liaisons and inevitable betrayals. What I wasn’t prepared for was how the stage on which these dramas took place was still so beautifully preserved.

It was all so perfectly picturesque and well-maintained that I half-expected a ticket booth for entering visitors and to see Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty bearing dainty umbrellas – surrounded by clusters of little girls, all waving their autograph booklets.

Museums: www.degentsemusea.be/en

Restaurants: www.pocketresto.be/gent/restaurants

Visiting Ghent: www.visitgent.be