Rats! I arrive in Ghent, population 250,000, only to find the city center awash in workers setting up bandstands everywhere. This upcoming weekend herald's the arrival of a huge jazz festival. Of course, the stages are being erected if front of the town's most photogenic structures. Still, Ghent is a feast for the eyes.
The belfry of Ghent was completed in 1380. With a height of 298 feet this bell tower holds bragging rights to being the tallest in Belgium.
Band stages being setup along a canal.
Massive medieval churches are everywhere.
A block away yet another church.
Smack in the middle of town stands Gravensteen castle. Surrounded partly by a moat.
Castle entrance. Gravensteen dates back to 1380.
Way in the back (behind the truck) you can see Gravensteen castle.