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On my first night wandering around Ghent, I came across this building and loved it even before I knew what it was! Come to find out, it is the Great Butcher’s Hall where you guessed it, you could get freshly cut meat. Even today it is the prime spot to get foods that are local to Ghent (and region of Flanders). The hanging Ganda ham has been a tradition since the medieval ages and it really is the most delicious ham! 🍖 There is a restaurant inside too if you want to get a meal with wonderful Flemish ingredients. Across the Groentenmarkt square outside is a shop called Tierenteyn-Verlent. They have been selling spicy mustard since 1883. I don’t really like mustard but omg! 😋 This mustard is the best I’ve ever had. I bought a jar and it was wrapped so good that I didn’t realize I had it in my carryon coming home. I almost cried and thought about tackling the TSA agent when he confiscated it... 😥 I guess I just need to go back to Ghent one day to get more! #ghent #visitgent #ghentbelgium #belgium #eurotravels #ghentcity #europeancities #cityviews #discoverbelgium #eurotrip #livefortravel #ilovebelgium #belgiumtrip #visiteurope #travelbelgium #travelingness #beautifuleurope #instabelgium #placetogo #viewfromhere #europeanadventure #roamtheworld #beautifulbelgium #canals #cityphotography #wanderingfeet #visitflanders #greatbutchershall #instagent #butchershall

11 Best Things To See In Bodie Ghost Town

The town of Bodie, California was one such Gold Rush mining town that drew people in the hopes of striking it rich. The Bodie Ghost Town went from a vibrant and rowdy mining town to an abandoned town that is in arrested decay. Lake Mary – sits above the town of Mammoth Lakes next to Lake George and Lake Maimie and is one of many lakes in the Lake Basin. As I already mentioned, Bodie Ghost Town was a real town that has pretty much the same things as any other town of its time.

The River Leie runs through the main canal in Ghent and in this area is the busiest part of the historic district going back to medieval times. The one side of the canal that I’m standing on is the Korenlei (corn quay) and the view you see is the Graslei (grass quay) side. This was the main port area that sailors and merchants would come and go. Today there are a number of cafes, hotels and where you can take a boat canal ride. There are both open and enclosed boats but in December when I was there, the enclosed with a heater was perfect! 🛶 Ya it might be a little touristy but honestly it was nice to just sit and learn some info on Ghent. Nothing more relaxing than a boat ride, right? #graslei #korenlei #ghent #visitgent #ghentbelgium #belgium #eurotravels #ghentcity #europeancities #cityviews #discoverbelgium #eurotrip #wandering #livefortravel #ilovebelgium #belgiumtrip #visiteurope #travelbelgium #travelingness #beautifuleurope #instabelgium #placetogo #europeanadventure #roamtheworld #beautifulbelgium #cityphotography #wanderingfeet #visitflanders #viewfromhere #canals

The Ultimate Guide To The Albuquerque Balloon Festival

The Albuquerque Balloon Festival officially known as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is 9 days of hot air ballooning fun! October is one of the best months to visit New Mexico for the beautiful weather, vibrant yellows of Aspen trees, and the sky decorated in hundreds of balloons. Specifically, the festival is held at the Balloon Fiesta Park which is north of downtown Albuquerque. I didn’t stay in the private Gondola Club area as I wanted to go walk among the balloons once the fiesta started.

In my last post, I shared the 3 large towers of Ghent and these shots are the view from the top of the Ghent Belfry or Belfort. This is the middle tower and the only one you can climb up to the top. You can climb the 350 steps like I did or take the elevator in portions of it. At each floor there are exhibits describing the history of the Belfry and showcasing the original Dragon weathervane that used to be at the top. 🐉 The new one you see today actually spits out fire! 🔥 Well, it did for the Ghent Festival in 2018 and hoping it is a tradition that continues. At the top of the tower is definitely the best view in town! #ghent #visitgent #ghentbelgium #belgium #eurotravels #ghentcity #europeancities #discoverbelgium #eurotrip #wandering #livefortravel #ilovebelgium #belgiumtrip #visiteurope #travelbelgium #travelingness #beautifuleurope #instabelgium #belltower #europeanadventure #roamtheworld #beautifulbelgium #cityphotography #wanderingfeet #visitflanders #cityviews #ghentbelfry #placetogo #viewfromabove #viewfromhere

How To Have The Perfect Weekend In Big Bear

The Lodge at Big Bear Lake – just steps from Big Bear Village Big Bear Frontier – close to Big Bear Lake and the Village Getting the lay of the land and info of a new area can kick off the best weekend in Big Bear! Located in Big Bear Village along the lake is the Big Bear Visitor Center that is an excellent spot to get local info and what events might be happening during your stay. Yes, if you plan parking anywhere off the road, at trailheads, lake, etc… Across the lake from Big Bear Village is the Big Bear Discovery Center (40971 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin, CA 92333) that is much larger, has exhibits, a shop, tours, and events. SUP or Kayak On Lake Want to get in a workout and enjoy the gorgeous beauty of being outdoors and on Big Bear Lake?

There are 3 main and large towers in Ghent. If you stand in the right spot, you can see all 3 at once! Standing on or near St. Michael’s Bridge, the first tower is St. Nicholas Church, then the Belfry followed by St. Bavo’s Cathedral. Back in the medieval days, I’m sure these looked like skyscrapers! They still do actually and their craftsmanship is incredible. In the 3rd picture you can see all three. The Belfry is the only tower you can go all the way to the top of. No matter the angle, these three towers are all masterpieces in their own way! #ghent #visitgent #ghentbelgium #belgium #eurotravels #ghentcity #europeancities #discoverbelgium #eurotrip #wandering #livefortravel #ilovebelgium #belgiumtrip #visiteurope #travelbelgium #travelingness #beautifuleurope #instabelgium #belltower #europeanadventure #roamtheworld #beautifulbelgium #cityphotography #wanderingfeet #visitflanders #cityviews #viewfromhere #travelphotograph #ghentbelfry #placetogo

17 Mile Drive By Bike: The Best Places To Stop

Get ready to see some of the most beautiful coastline in Pebble Beach, California and have fun on the 17 Mile Drive by bike! 17 Mile Drive is a stretch of road that caresses the coastline of the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. Spanish Bay Beach is the first stop along the 17 Mile Drive after you pass the Pacific Grove entrance gate. Although Stillwater Cove isn’t officially a stop on the 17 Mile Drive, stop to see it if you have the time.

Any city that has a castle is immediately one I’m going to like! The Gravensteen Castle is in the heart of Ghent and definitely looks like it popped out of the pages of a fairytale... 🏰 Gravensteen is Dutch and translates to “Castle of the Counts” and where the Counts of Flanders lived. What makes it unusual is that it is right in the middle of the city and not up on a hill like most castles are. Other than its beauty, the best part of visiting the castle was the audio tour! It was so hilarious and had me laughing and sometimes in a little shock at what the guy was saying! 🤣 The voice you hear is a comedian who successfully mixes the castle’s history with humor. It’s included in your ticket so you might as well! Which do you prefer, the castle in daylight or at bluehour? One is the front view of the castle and the second is the backside. #gravensteencastle #ghent #visitgent #ghentbelgium #belgium #eurotravels #ghentcity #europeancities #castleview #discoverbelgium #eurotrip #wandering #livefortravel #ilovebelgium #belgiumtrip #visiteurope #travelbelgium #travelingness #beautifuleurope #instabelgium #bluehour #europeanadventure #roamtheworld #beautifulbelgium #cityphotography #wanderingfeet #visitflanders #gravensteen #fairytalecastle #bluehourphotography

✨NEW POST✨ 19 Amazing Things To Do In Ghent! As I mentioned in my last post, Ghent is such an underrated city and is a European gem! If you are looking for a city that isn’t as touristy as other places in Europe but has all the history, excellent food, and culture you could crave, head to Ghent. Some of my best moments were just walking around and exploring the cobblestoned streets, bridges and canals. Why can’t moments like this last forever? To read more on the best things to see and do in Ghent, click on the link in my bio or copy this link! http://www.travelingness.com/amazing-things-to-do-in-ghent/ #ghent #visitgent #ghentbelgium #graslei #belgium #europe #eurotravels #ghentcity #europeancities #discoverbelgium #eurotrip #wandering #livefortravel #ilovebelgium #belgiumtrip #visiteurope #travelbelgium #travelingness #cityview #beautifuleurope #instabelgium #europeanadventure #roamtheworld #beautifulbelgium #cityphotography #wanderingfeet #visitflanders #momentslikethese #canals

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