Using Gent as a base
We rented a car and drove between destinations and ended up spending only one night in each place with the exception of Brugge where we spent two nights. There are benefits and drawbacks to every way of traveling, here are my thoughts:
Benefits-getting to experience an evening in each of the places we visited, Brugge in particular changed dramatically after the day trippers had left
Drawbacks-having to book multiple hotels, finding the hotels, repacking every night
Gent, at least on a map, looks like an ideal place to base yourself, in the center of many of the places we visited, Brugge, Brussels, Antwerp and Ieper, if we didn't rent a car, this would have been my choice of places to stay as most of the train journeys were under 30-45 minutes and relatively inexpensive.
When I left St Pieters station I came across this nice fountain.
I met people who were taking pictures. Then I took my own pictures too.
It was a nice fountain where people come and sit around and watch how the water split.
You can visit Ghent in 1 day...
You can visit Ghent in 1 day or 2 (if you do some museums) you you need and must visit are
1. St-baafs cathedral with the lam gods .
2. het gravensteen (castle in the middle of town)
3. the graslei (you can take the boot here to see town by the water)
4. St baafs abbey
for the rest you just have to walk around and see the beautiful old houses and watch the people you will notice that they like to live (drink and eat ).
Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Belgium:
Ambulance / Firebrigade: 100
Missing children: 110
Mental problems/suicide: 106
This splendid cathedral...
This splendid cathedral combines different architectural styles: the Romanesque style (the crypt), the High Gothic style and the Late Gothic style. Among the famous works of art 'The Mystic Lamb' is certainly worth mentioning. This world-famous painting by Jan van Eyck dates from 1432 and is considered to be the pinnacle in 15th century Flemish painting.