You know I love to describe places, situations or things through sense organs and Ghent has its share of this habit of mine! Maybe because of the beautiful warm mulled wine I drank in this stone-colored place, I happen to remember Ghent with spicy and sweet feelings.
After we got off from the train, we immediately headed to the old town using public tramway. Then, Ghent with its antique atmosphere and stone building welcomed us! But since we were so hungry, McDonald seemed more welcoming… Sorry old Ghent 🙂
We visited Saint Nicholas’ Church, at Cataloniëstraat, with full stomachs and happy faces. What attracted me most in this sacred place was its colorful stained glasses which have overwhelming details. The difference of this church comes from its medieval style which is apparent in its towers. If you happen to visit it, do not forget to read the notes from previous visitors (maybe you can find mine) and leave a note of yourself!
When you walk straight from St. Nicholas’ Church, you’ll arrive to St. Michael’s Bridge which is a famous touristic spot due to its view of Graslei Harbor. I love those houses with triangle roofs. I bet you also would like to live at one of them!
When you get used to mirror-like skyscrapers and houses that offers no aesthetic view to the eye, you feel a little different in cities like Ghent. As if you are wandering at a different time that you wish was real. This same feeling is what I call “numinous” which is the thing I am looking for while I am traveling and generally in my life. It makes life more beautiful/sensational/satisfactory and I am sure you experienced it in your personal life one way or another.
After we drank our warm wines I have been talking about and a couple of pints (of course), we literally run for our train to Brugge because, you know, the drinking sessions extended a little bit. So, with a warm taste like fruit, spice and wine in my mouth, I run at the streets of Ghent. Then, Ghent became a city that tastes like mulled wine for me!
I recommend to those of you who did not visit Ghent before to spend at least 2 days to immerse yourself in this splendid city. If you have been in there, please tell me did you also taste the mulled wine flavor I have mentioned?!