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    The beguinage

    by wandeljp Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Every house have the nane from a saint.
    For these period (X-Mas) the doors are decored with crown made from pine trees pices.
    On one of them (pic) I sew the word Vrede what means Peace in Flamish.
    And that is what I whish to every one in the world.

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    Visit Brussels for an evening or afternoon

    by pigletsmom Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Guild Houses located in the Grand Place

    I recommend Brussels for an afternoon or evening visit. The Grand Place of Brussels is spectacular and worth the visit during the day, but especially at night the place is quite magical. One of the prettiest squares in Europe day or night. There is The Belgian Center For Comic Strips, which is quite interesting and the Victor Horta Museum, the father of Art Nouveau that is very beautiful. There are also walking tours of Brussels that highlight Art Nouveau architecture. There are many museums in Brussels that are quite good and worth visiting. Don't miss trying a Belgian Waffle from one of the movable waffle stands. Just incredible!!!!

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    A walk in the Millionairs district

    by coolgeert Written Dec 1, 2009

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    Behind the Sint-Pietersstation you will find a real gem called the Miljoenenkwartier or the Millionairs District which is the former 'beehive' of the rich and wealthy of the early 20th century. A lot of architects, businessmen and factoryowners built some really extraordinary houses and villas which give a special look and atmosphere to this neighborhood. i recently discovered this area, though Gent was quite familiar to me before. You will see hardly tourists here coz it is not close to the historical heart of the city but its nevertheless easy to visit coz the trainstation is just a little walk away.

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    Enraged the Marguerit ?

    by floche2001 Written Aug 22, 2009

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    This bombarde is made of wrought iron and is as heavy as 12.000 kilos and as long as 5 meter ! Produced in the 15th century, the legend telsus it made one victim during it's first usage : the shooter himself !
    Originally it was probably stolen in Oudenaarde around 1578 together with another weapen.

    Located at the Groot kanonplein, between the Graslei and the Vrijdagsmarkt.

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    Look up!

    by leics Written Aug 25, 2008

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    Wonderful working horse.
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    It always pays to look up, wherever you are. Many architectural details and curiosities are easily missed if you only look at eye-level.

    Gent is no exception. You'll see carvings, and little statues, and twiddly decorations all over the place.

    Here are some I spotted on my rather brief visit:

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    Graffiti in the previous "fishmine" of Gent

    by Luchonda Updated Jun 30, 2007

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    Tourist strolling around in Ghent in the neighborhood of the "Castle of Counts" will have, without doubt, seen the old facade of the previous "Fishmine" in Ghent.
    The fishmine will be reconstructed and in the meantime Graffiti artist or free to show their talents.

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    Beguinages

    by Flienie Updated Jun 23, 2007

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    Small Beguinage

    Don’t forget to visit one of beguinages, oases of peace and quiet in the busy heart of the city.

    More (general) information on the Flemish Beguinages can be found here.

    In Gent you can visit 3 beguinages:

    1. Small Beguinage: Lange Violettestraat 209, 9000 Ghent (Unesco WHS)

    2. Former St.-Elisabeth Beguinage: Begijnhofdries, 9000 Ghent

    3. Large Beguinage: E. Van Arenbergstraat, 9040 Ghent-Sint-Amandsberg (Unesco WHS)

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    Look up!

    by toonsarah Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    Gent - detail of building
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    When exploring in Gent make sure you pause often to look up at the details of the various buildings. The carvings often show the past use of the building in trade or commerce. My first photo shows one of these images on an old building on the Korenlei. The second picture is of a lovely old red brick building nearby, dating back to 1669.

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    Blue cow in the city

    by toonsarah Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    We spotted this beautifully painted cow in the Hoefslaag, a little turning off Langemunt (one of the main shopping streets in Gent). I don't know what she was doing there but she reminded me of the ones that were to be found around London a few years back, decorated by a number of well-known artists and later auctioned for charity, so maybe she's part of a similar project in Belgium. Perhaps someone reading this will know and be able to tell me.

    Whatever the reason for her presence we enjoyed the splash of colour and humour she brought to our day.

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    Groot Huis

    by richiecdisc Updated Feb 4, 2007

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    the things you might miss

    Groot Huis is the public theater and is located at Sint-Baafsplein 17 in Ghent. This is exactly the kind of place you miss if you don't walk to different parts of the city. Of course, I was only down here to find a great pub I'd read about. Not only was the food and beer great, I saw a something I'd have missed otherwise.

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    Don't miss the detail

    by Dabs Updated Oct 5, 2006

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    Jesters dancing in the sky
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    Gent is filled with little surprises, take your time strolling the streets and make sure to look up to see all the delightful architectural touches on some of the buildings, peacock windows, ships carved in the stone, jesters dancing in the sky, a lion waiting to spring on its prey.....

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    Stadhuis (townhall)

    by Dabs Written Oct 3, 2006

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    Stadhuis
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    Gent's stadhuis (town hall) has two very distinct architectural styles, the side facing Hoogpoort is ornately decorated in a gothic style where the side facing the Botermarkt that you can see looking down from the Belfry is plain decor in the Renaissance style. The cause is most likely an interruption in it's construction, first in 1540 when Charles V punished Gent for not paying enough taxes. Construction started again in 1572, halted again in the early 1600s and finally finished in the 18th century.

    On of my guide books says that you can visit on a guided tour May-Oct, Mon-Thurs at 3 pm but check at the Tourist Office for current tour information.

    Located at Botermarkt/Hoogpoort

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    Studioskoop

    by Vincedem Written Jun 8, 2006

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    studioskoop in the old days

    If you wanna watch a movie in an authentic, cosy and charming atmopshere then Studioskoop is the perfect cinema for you! This cinema has 5 rooms and some of them are very small so that makes it a bit more charming!

    You can find big Hollywood productions here but you can also see more lowbudget European movies.

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    A small visit direction St-Amandsberg 9th of May

    by Luchonda Updated May 6, 2006

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    Brabants Trekpaard
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    Yearly there is a horse show in my little town, next to Ghent and called Sint-Amandsberg
    and this the first weekend of May.
    It is popular so i got up early to follow this nomination of a typical Belgian horse -
    "Het Belgisch Trekpaard or De Brabander " - many centuries ago the most effective tool for the belgian farmers to cultivate their fields - now a days replaced by mechanical horsepower.
    On the pic :
    -remarkable that the little horse next to the merry was born on April 4th 2006 - and already a champ
    -picture 5 : even the lady with the glasses in a local shop (Pearl) was encharmed
    -talking about fanatics to cultivate horses : first price winners receive about 25 upto 35 euro
    incredibable for what they have to do for it.

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    Graffiti or Art ?

    by St_Vincent Written Mar 4, 2006

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    An interesting off the beaten path tip here, when I found this little winding alleyway I was a little hesitant about going down it as I was unsure where it led and there was a lot of graffiti around. But I did walk down it and found that the walls were entirely covered in colourful graffiti that would not be out of place in an art gallery.

    The alleyway is called Werregarenstraat and runs between Hoogpoort and Onderstraat. If you are in Hoogpoort find the back entrance to the Novotel hotel and the alleyway is directly opposite. In fact my hotel room overlooked the entrance and that is what made me wonder where it led to.

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