My trip to Ghent, Belgium

Ah Belgium – you’ve wooed me over with your chocolate and beer!

Last week, I went to Ghent, Belgium, for a work conference and I couldn’t resist writing about it – it’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to and here’s why:

  • Chocolate (food was great… but you can’t beat chocolate!)
  • Beer (especially fruit beer… yuuuum!)
  • Shops
  • Architecture
  • Culture
  • How friendly everyone is

Prior to me going, I did some research (which you can find on my Travelling board) but these are some of my favorite pins that gave me some prep before heading off;

The Gravensteen Castle in Ghent, Belgium, standing tall since the Middle Ages. The castle was used a fair bit as a film location, the latest being the 2015 movie “Emperor”, starring Adrien Brody.

Belgium‬ ‪Travel‬ Cheat Sheet; Sign up at www.wandershare.com for high-res images.

Belgium’s distinctive cuberdon candy: a violet coloured sugar cone containing a thick raspberry syrup. Not exported outside the country.

Lindsey McWhinnie offers an essential cultural guide to the historic Flanders port, where beer and bicycles reign.

If you think that from those pins alone, it’s a beautiful city, then you won’t be disappointed!!

Myself and a work colleague traveled on the Euro-star from London’s St. Pancreas, which was a first time for both of us. After a very quick 2 hours (I honestly expected to be in the tunnel much longer!!), we arrived in Brussels, Belgium.

Given that on 23rd March the world saw another vicious terrorist attack on Brussels, it was a nervous time to be travelling, but also the safest. When we arrived, there was security everywhere to ensure the public was safe. That put my mind at ease, but also made me realize that although it has been a tragic event, we can all stand united with the community and the world together – these terrorists will not win.

After another train journey from Brussels to Ghent (30 minutes and 9 Euros… not complaining!) we arrived to Ghent! Admittedly we did get lost at the train station but managed to find the way out and grab a taxi to the hotel. After a quick freshen up, we headed to Vooruit for a drink with the conference the night before, before grabbing a bite to eat at a little steakhouse, Little Amadeus, across the road – which I absolutely loved the steak!! I’m not usually a steak sort of girl, and my colleague is a veggie (FYI – it was her choice to go to the steakhouse!) but I would go again if I went back to Ghent.

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Vooruit – Arts centre dating back from 1910.

Over the next couple of days, as well as having lots of yummy food and networking with other professionals in the HE sector (if you want to read more about my work – you can find it here) I got the chance to walk around the city and take some photos. I think you have to go to really appreciate the beauty of the city – even if you accidently discover that your hotel is near the Red Light District…

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Have you been to Ghent? What’s your favourite place there?

11th April 2016
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