Our second day in Ghent started with breakfast in our hotel.
The breakfast was super fun, as we made our own freshly squeezed juice and waffles.
After eating we walked to the Belfry of Ghent, which is one of the three medival towers in the city centre.
Work on the tower was completed in 1380, however further construction on the upper parts of the Belfry has been carried out over the years.
Placed at the very top of the Belfry is a dragon, which is the symbol and mascot of Ghent. It’s also there to watch over the city.
Once inside we paid €8 each to enter and took the lift to the top. (It’s worth noting that despite there being a lift, you still have to walk some narrow and worn stone steps).
View from the top.
St. Nicholas’ Church.
Inside the Belfry we saw the drum, which controls all of the bells inside the tower.
Every fifteen minutes you can see the drum in action and listen to the bells ringing.
After visiting the Belfry, we decided to make the most of the sunshine and went on a canal boat ride.
Once we’d seen the city by water, we decided to explore the sights by foot.
Our first stop was Gravensteen, which means ‘castle of the count’.
The castle was built in 1180 and served as the seat of the Counts of Flanders, before they abandoned it in the 14th century.
The castle was then used as a prison, courthouse and finally left to decay. It was due to be demolished at the end of the 19th century, when the city of Ghent bought the castle and renovated it.
We’d hoped to go inside Gravensteen but they’d stopped selling tickets early; however, we was still impressed by the sight of this beautiful building.
After Gravensteen we visited Graffiti Street.
The Stadhuis (Ghent Town Hall).
And admired the quaint streets and canals.
As it was getting pretty cold, we headed back to our hotel for a rest.
Before heading out for dinner in the evening. We ate at Komkommertijd (Cucumber Time), which is a vegan buffet.
The food was really good and there was lots of healthy curries and other vegetable dishes.
After dinner, we visited more of the Lichtfestival (Light Festival) as it was the final night it was on.
We managed to walk most of the 6.6km and see nearly all of the light installations. I took mostly videos as some of my favourite displays can only be properly enjoyed with music and sound, so I’ll be posting them on my Instagram in the future.
One of my favourite displays was ‘Forgotten’, which links back to the dragon on top of the Belfry in Ghent.
This newly imagined piece shows the dragon keeping a watch over the city, which caused the residents of Ghent to lock up the dragon for fear he would reveal their secrets. He was forgotten until now.
Forgotten featured the dragon breathing real fire and was very cleverly done.
Geluksvogels is illuminated and chirping birds, that reflect how children see themselves; as little birds of happiness.
Children from a school in Ghent helped to create this sweet piece of art.
Pixel forrest is upside-down water containers, made to look like a pixelated forest in the city.
Patern 5.0, Live Sessies
The Luminus power plant is brought to life with images and sounds during a live DJ session.
Another beautiful piece of art created by children using lamps. This light installation is an illuminated sky, where you walk underneath and see how your dreams can bring you closer to the moon.
The swirling colours and sounds of Synapse are supposed to resemble something from a dream.
The atmosphere was dreamy with all of the lights and snow falling.
As it was nearing midnight and the end of the Lichtfestival, we headed back to our hotel, ready for our last day in Belgium.