Mosquito Coast: a true traveler's place!
Mosquito Coast is what we call in Belgium a 'reizigerscafé': indeed, a cafe for travelers!
Mix a great interior, yummy cocktails and food and a library full of travel guides and maps and you get a small idea of what Mosquito Coast is.
Every now and then, travelers are invited to give an information evening about their trips.
New address (as from mid-February 2005:: Hoogpoort 28, 9000 Gent
The low-budget guys from "use-it" have opened up a shop in Gent. For usefull information about eating, lodging, sightseeing, ... you can now also check http://www.use-it.be/
Check it out - it's a great non-comercial site full of information, mostly focused on students and backpackers, but I'm sure everyone will find some nice tips in there ... I did. And I live in Gent myself!
visit a market.
Gent has a lot...
visit a market.
Gent has a lot of markets and they can be very 'cosy'.
And it is also a good way to get a less ' I am a tourist' feeling. Here are the dates of the markets:
- secondhand bikesmarket: Oude beestenmarkt; sunday from 7 a.m till 1 p.m
- foodmarket: Sint-Michielsplein ; sunday from 7.30 a.m till 1 p.m
- carmarket : Groothandelsmarkt ; sunday from 7 till 1
- antique and flee-market: Sint-Jacobs; every friday, saturday and sunday from 8 till 1.
-animalmarket: Oude beestenmarkt; sunday from 7 till 1
- flowermarket: Kouter; daily from 7 till 1
- birdmarket: Vrijdagmarkt; sunday from 7 till 1
- Farmermarket: Vogelenzang; thursday from 2.30 p.m till 6 p.m
Walk around at night
Especially in Winter, the city is very nice in the evening. The picture attached was taken in January 04, on a walk through the very centre of Gent. It was snowing quite hard and we decided to go and take some pictures of monuments while the effects were so magical. Of course, it stopped snowing (or became weaker anyway) when we arrived, but I managed to take two very nice pictures.
The one here shows the St.Michielshelling seen from the Graslei, with to the left the clock of the Post Plaza (former Post office) and to the right a church the name of which I will look up and definitely tell you! Snow pouring down, city lights lit, seeing the shadow of the snow flakes on the ground :-)...
The Graslei is one of the loveliest old city quaysides of Ghent. The spectacular medieval guildhouses reflect beautifully in the water. From here you can also take a boat trip to explore Ghent by water.