This is not really a warning or danger, but an observation and only one persons experience. The one thing that I found strange about Ghent, is the atmosphere on the buses and the trains. Though most adults are very friendly, some of the students from the University are very aloof. They sometimes won't give you room, their attitude is imposing, and it became a little disconcerting over time. Most will not crack a smile or befriend you in any way. I mentioned this to a friend who lives in Ghent, and he told me that the professors at the University lecture negatively about the USA and Americans in general, and that's why the students are standoffish. The feeling is similar to the warm welcome you receive on the Paris Metro.
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Citadelpark at night
Though the park at daylight is somewhat quiet despite the number of culture, sport centers, casino around, it is another story in the evening.
The park is renowned for "hosting" male prostitutes for gay sex in the area. Also, the ara is known for cruising. It is a spot where gays meet each other, not necessarily for prostitution.
The trouble would come from some harrassements from them or troublemakers involved in the business.... Nonetheless, an insider told me that the trouble rather comes from gay bashers.
I would just avoid going there at night..
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My classical warning when walking in a canal city
Pay attention when you walk, the quays don't have any rope nor fence to prevent you from falling in water.
Locals use to gather on the quays (Graslei and Koreneli) to have some fun with drinks and music. They are used to it. But what about you? Who would like a nice encountering with the rescue services that would pull you out from water?...
Special warning for springbreakers and parents with small kids :)
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November the 8th - some close Vt-members sitting at the table nr 23 - in the Dulle Griet
Gonnie made her choice out of more than 250 beers - a "Gentsche Tripple"
BTW - look at the symbol of Ghent "The Strop"
she is wearing - thx folks for being my guest
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In the meantime - a "must" when i guide guests in my beloved city.
The store of the Fallen Angel-located in the Jan Breydelstraat,
Caro-Irisbe - family Tompt and Ralph - we had a great time and always welcome folks for a next "Téte-à-téte"
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The "Dulle Griet"
In fact - on this picture TWO "Dulle grieten" - Danielle and Gonnie - we had a great time in this famous café - drinking a good glass of belgian beer ! A good laugh while Tom was excited by drinking a KWAK-We eating cheese with mostard from the factory Tierentijn Danielle bought
Vt friends in Ghent
Vt friends visiting my city Ghent.How can i better express this little Vt meeting as
"A téte-à-téte" - Irisbe/Caro and RahlpII on the picture - Tom and Gonnie (Tompt) are missing because they were fascinated by the store of the Fallen Angel - at the other side of the street
This fancy restaurant is located in the Jan Breydelstraat - near the Castle of counts !
Ghent is a very safe city. There are a lot of students wandering around at night and thanks to the nice pubs, Ghent is never really abandoned during the late hours.
However, some areas you might avoid during nighttime are the Citadelpark and also "Het Glazen Straatje", the prostitute area on the Brabantdam.
Ghent's historic center isn't particularly large, but it is well-hidden among the streets of the modern city. Add to that the highly confusing nature of the Flemish language, and you can pretty much assume that you'll be lost at some point in your visit to Ghent.
No worries! Virtually all Flemings speak English, and they will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Beware of Pink Elephants
Some Belgian brews are incredibly strong--for example, some of the Trappist ales reach alcohol content of 10% or stronger. The king of alcoholic beers though is the deadly Delirium Tremens signified by the pink elephant emble. I lifted this coaster from a pub because I thought the VT community might be interested. I quote from the back of the coaster the praise bestowed upon this beer by Stuart A. Kellen:
"The name Delirium Tremens speaks for itself. Words simply cannot describe the intricate flavor of this beer--but that wont stop me from trying. The color is golden and the head creamy and light. The first sip warms my throat and belly like an old woodstove does a log cabin. It's lightly hopped and surprisingly malty for such an airy, sunshiny beer. The aftertaste is fruity, almost cherry. A warming alcoholic glow works its way down the throat to the stomach. This beer must be sipped slowly so you can revel in each sweet drop. Delerium Tremens has a big body, a rich mouth feel, and a long sweet aftertaste."
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1.2 liters is alot of beer
If you go to Gent, you must try the Kwak Beer served in these outrageous 1.2 liter containers. However, take note that after one Kwak, you are likely to want a second Kwak and 1.2 liters of beer is a goodly amount for most people.
Of course, I weigh in at 250 plus pounds, so I tempted fate and had a third Kwak!
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Ghent is the safest town in...
Ghent is the safest town in Belgium. The statistics show us it's even safer than most villages.
Everything you want to know about Ghent, you find it at the following URL:
Be careful! Belgian beers are...
Be careful! Belgian beers are usually stronger than in other countries. ;-)
If you travel by car you have...
If you travel by car you have to watch out for directions.
In Gent, we have a trafficplan, which prohibits you to drive in the centre the way you want to.
I always take the railway or park my car in one of the little streets.
With great beer and food,...
With great beer and food, Ghent can be hazardous to your waistline. Worse yet are the great snacks like the 'pita,' a great Belgian concoction just perfect for that stagger home late at night after hitting the cafes. This place was all too conveniently located on the way back to my flat in Ghent.
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