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Christmas along the canal


GENT . .....I always thought it was spelled Ghent, but that isn't the case in Belgium. And, it's pronounced something closer to "hyent".

In the Middle Ages, Gent was the second largest city in Europe, next to Paris. It was also the largest producer of cloth.

It isn't as large as Brugge but it has a lot of charm. Since the old city isn't quite as grand as Brugge, Gent isn't flooded with as many tourists. That makes it even more charming in my mind. And, just to have a coffee along the canal is worth the trip.

If you visit (and you should) I recommend you take the train there. Every time I ever drive in Gent, I always get hopelessly lost on roads that I don't find well marked.

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