Ghent is a youthful town that was abuzz with a local festival that we happened to stumble upon. Each summer, Ghent holds a 10-day festival that runs all day and that continues, in some bars and restaurants, all the way through the night. (This was according to a local café owner who comes to work at 6AM, when some people are just concluding their share in the nightlife.) Restaurants were bustling, fair rides a-swinging, and street performers were a-dancing and we just happened to fall right into it! Part of some of fun was watching the street performers that would set themselves up on random corners. And they were really good! And the variety! There were jazz bands, street vaudevillian slight of handers, and a cross between an oompah band and house-cleaners (think people dancing with feather dusters).
We start our last day in Amsterdam fetching our rental car (a very fetching Volvo, if you ask me) and begin the 3-hour road trip to Bruges, Belgium.
Bruges is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. The sixth-largest city in Belgium, Bruges boasts a plethora of medieval architecture, and the entire center city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its canals, it has been referred to as “the Venice of the North” (along with countless other cities, both inside and outside of Belgium). We will be following with a full travel report on Bruges (where we stayed) and Ghent (another city we visited), but until then, we leave you with this Belgium trivia and an Instagram update. Reply to trivia in the comments; we trust you to not use any resources to find the answers.