We didn’t expect Belgium to have many meat-free meal options so were surprised to discover that not only did the pretty city of Ghent have plenty of vegetarian restaurants to choose from, but it has even created a Thursday Veggie Day. It turned out to be one of the most vegetarian friendly cities in Europe.
Flanders surprised us. We didn’t expect it to have such a vibrant festival scene, that the food would be so good, that it would be so easy to get around, or that the cities would be so picture perfect.
We didn’t know much about Flanders before we visited a few weeks ago. In fact we weren’t sure exactly where it was (it’s the northern part of Belgium including the cities of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp). We certainly didn’t realise how much it had to offer as a destination.
Only 25 minutes away by train from Bruges, the university city of Ghent is far less touristy but just as attractive. It’s a lovely place to stroll around, especially by the canal, which reminded us of Amsterdam with the historic buildings, colourful flower boxes and bikes lining the cobbled paths.
Last weekend we visited Flanders for the first time to attend the Cactus Festival in Bruges and the Gent Jazz Festival. Of course we also took the time to wander around the picturesque medieval city of Bruges including the hub of the city – the Markt or Market Square which is lined with beautiful buildings and packed with tourists. These horse carriages brightened up a grey day.