TOP 10 of 2016 – Gent
As the year 2017 is just around the corner, we decided to see how was the year 2016. Well, it was wonderful! We started the Travelers Child and we put our traveling to whole new level. We spent most of this year traveling and exploring not only different places, but different foods, different cultures, met a lot of new great people and just had one of the best years of our life. It’s hard to sum up everything and put it all into perspective, but we decided to do exactly that. And what’s a better way than just to look back and think which places we enjoyed the most. Though it’s a difficult task, as we enjoyed every single moment, this also is a very pleasant objective. We hope that you will enjoy this trip down our memory lane as much as we did!
So allow us to introduce you, Dear Reader, to our No. 6, which is:
Gent is fourth largest and one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium. City with more than 250 thousand residents is located in the Dutch-speaking Flemish region, and together with Brugge and Antwerpen is top tourist destinations here.
Gent’s history started in Early Middle Ages at the confluence of two rivers – Scheldt and Leie, and by the 14th century it was one of the richest and biggest cities in Northern Europe. So this is why modern Gent is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture, its beautiful canals and rich history.
Believe us, Dear Reader, when you enter city’s old town for the first time, it’s hard to realize that you aren’t in film cast or theme park. Gent Centrum is magical! Architectural sights mixed with the beauty of canals makes this city look astonishing. No wonder why it is named as UNESCO World Heritage Site, or World’s Best Kept Secret by Lonely Planet in 2011. It is one of those cities where you can wander all day, all week, all year and still discover something unique and unseen.
Also, we have to admit that we did a little bet here. While we were doing our TOP 10 list all of our destinations were the same, though in different order and also we had a destination per each that wasn’t on the others list. We knew that we had Brugge left to visit and as we were very hyped about it we predicted that it should go somewhere in the 7th spot.
We visited Brugge and we liked it, though we were not sure if it should make the TOP 10. Then we got few of our followers on Instagram telling us, that Gent is even prettier, so we decided to come here too. What we found exceeded all of our expectations. Actually, the emotions we felt were kind of those that we were probably expecting in Brugge.
So though we had a 7th spot reserved for Brugge, finally, it turned out that we had to move Gerberoy to this place and move Gent up to 6th. This city was just FANTASTIC!
What L. has to say about Gent
Place on L’s list: 6
What P. has to say about Gent
Place on P’s list: 6
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The conclusion is pretty simple here. If we were asked which ONE place you should visit if you are travelling to Belgium, our answer would be – Gent. It has everything that a great city for sightseeing and spending wonderful time needs – amazing architecture, beautiful bridges, two rivers converging in to one, lots of cafes… EVERYTHING!
We loved this city and we could bet that everyone would love it too. It’s probably everything that you would expect from a European destination. Just make sure that you’re entering the city through St. Michael’s Bridge and then we guarantee you, Dear Reader, you’ll be blown away immediately!
Rest of the TOP 10
1. Praia da Ursa (Portugal)