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San Diego based #travel blogger inspiring your inner #adventure! 🌎 Scuba Diver | 📸 Photography &🍷Red Wine lover | https://t.co/kYYCHbgXmp

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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

21 Best Scuba Diving Tips For Beginners

But it wasn’t an issue as the divemasters were great to help me and didn’t make me feel bad for lagging a bit. This is one of those I wouldn’t do it at home for obvious reasons… Lol Bonus Tip: Having a good mask fit also helps and another reason I like using my own. I suffer from both and for a long time, the only time I didn’t experience the effects of anxiety and PTSD was when I was diving. To Fly If you are a certified diver, you likely already know that you shouldn’t fly within 24 hours of diving.

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

21 Best Travel Books To Fuel Your Wanderlust

I have found reading the best travel books transport me to a magical place for those periods that I can’t actually travel. As they sail across the Pacific Ocean we glimpse into the harsh reality of what life at sea is like mingled with her hilarious views, experiences, and lessons of tackling a new love life. On The Road is a story based on Kerouac’s own travels of two friends who decide to drive from America’s East Coast all the way to California. As an award-winning travel journalist, Judith Fein provides an entertaining guide on how experiential travel is life-altering in a good way!

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

The Best Way To Spend 3 Days In Bruges

The Beer Museum or The Bruges Beer Experience is a lot of fun for those that like beer or just curious as to its role in Belgian history. The City Hall is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm and the Old Court House is open daily from 9:30 am to noon & 1:30 pm to 5 pm. Open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm except on Sundays you can visit from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. It was built in 1770 with the museum open to the public daily from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and then again from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm except for Mondays (closed).

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

How To Tour The Best Chocolates In Brussels

When visiting chocolate shops in Brussels, you can see almost all of them in the Royal Gallery of St. Hubert (Galerie de la Reine) but spread out your chocolate tour over different areas of Brussels. There are several Neuhaus Chocolate shops throughout Brussels and Belgium but the original can be found in the “old pharmacy” in the beautiful Royale Gallery St. Hubert (Galerie de la Reine). Location: You can find shops in and near the Grote Markt (Grand Place) but the original location in Royal Gallery of St. Hubert is at Galerie de la Reine 25-27, 1000 Brussels. A few hotels that are a close proximity to the Grand Place, are: Hilton Brussels Grand Place – if you are coming into Brussels by train, this Hilton property is next to the Brussels Central Train Station.

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