Friday, August 31, 2018

Ghent, Aug 30, 2018, Van D

Dulle Griet - "Mad Meg" , 35,000 lbs, from about 1450AD

Ghent Highlights

Outbound to Leuven & Kiel, Day 2 of 24, August 30, 2018
By:  Van D

Finishing Jodi and my day in Ghent we reflect back on the highlights of our day and half visit.  
  • I’m amazed that the population has not been killed off by bikes, buses,  cars, trucks and trains/trolleys!  But instead am in awe that the populace have adapted to the controlled confusion of the city.  
  • Looking forward to my breakfast of bacon/eggs/potatoes and toast I am forced to go with a “lesser” meal of peanut butter banana toast and prosciutto and find I’m quite happy with second choices. 
  • One of the more interesting museums to visit was “Museum Dr. Guislain” which describes and explores the mental illnesses and treatments throughout the centuries and the  progression of acceptance and care that we now have and await even more advanced medical and psychopathic care. (I, myself had a aunt that was institutionalized and had “shock treatment”.) Very scary as a young child to hear these stories. 

  • One of the more popular photo stops was at a cannon that never was fired “Dulle Griet or Mad Meg “  (above)
Who knows what discoveries await Jodi and I tomorrow but am hopeful of more surprises.  

Van & Jodi

In Friendship and Peace

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Meet in Brussels, Train to Ghent, Belgium, Aug 29, 2018, Marty M

First Chantilly hot chocolate at the train station

Pre-Trip: Meet in Brussels, Train to Ghent

Outbound to Leuven & Kiel, Day 1 of 24, August 29, 2018

By:  Marty M

August 29, first day of our journey together.  I'm happy to report all travel arrangements and connections worked smoothly as 14 travelers gathered in the afternoon in Ghent, Belgium.  Those who had recovered from jet lag did some major exploring while the newly arrived caught up on some shut eye.

The cloudy, rainy weather did not stop us from enjoying this beautiful city with its historic buildings and public grand pianos.
A visit to the tourist office revealed some touring options for tomorrow which should bring many new discoveries.  An early evening stroll in the rain revealed many delights for the days to come.

River front views

Public piano wagon, with no shortage of players

In Friendship and Peace