Travels: Ghent, Belgium

 Last weekend I went abroad for the first time since COVID hit us to visit a friend who's living in Ghent, Belgium. After the company the next best thing of city trips and vacation is eating; a trip or vacation can stand or fall with good food, in my opinion. 

After our friend picked us up at the train station we went to his house for lunch, prepared by himself. Especially for me, the only vegetarian in our party, he made the most delicious caprese salad ever, made with heirloom tomatoes, burrata, cranberry balsamico and olive oil, the best thing I ate this weekend. This weekend? The best thing I ate in months even!

 Beside the lunch, we ate in a lovely restaurant named The Church, which was situated in (you'd never guessed it!) a church. We got 'merveilleux', pastries made of a mix of whipped cream and meringue, at Les Merveilleux de Fred, had baguettes, rolls, cookies and bonbons made by Marijn Coertjens, drank coffee in cute little café's and ended our visit the next day with a simple but delicious breakfast of fresh croissants and rolls at our friend's house.

Of course we did some sightseeing, too. I have been in Ghent before, so it wasn't really new to me, but this city never bores. Ghent is just a lovely old city with beautiful housing, its own castle, lots of cute little shops and great places to eat.

Gravesteen Castle

Groot Vleeshuis (Meat House)

The beautiful chandelier in pastry shop Les Merveilleux de Fred

Streetart in Werregarenstraat

Streetart in Werregarenstraatje

Beautiful old houses

Gorilla made of chocolate at Pastry Shop Marijn Coertjens

Beautiful bonbons at Pastry Shop Marijn Coertjens


  1. It sounds like you had a lot of fun. I cannot believe that gorilla is made of chocolate! How cool! Those houses are beautiful as well.

  2. What a beautiful place to live and how lucky you were to be able to visit. I am sure there were a lot less tourists around than normal. Lunch sounds great!

  3. Those bonbons look delicious! What beautiful sights on your trip.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!


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