Kitsch Fixes, Travel

Kitsch FIx # 67: Belgium’s Best

Plaster waffle in the snowy streets of Ghent, Belgium

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a city that feels half as charming as Ghent, Belgium. Many streets date back to the middle ages as does the stone castle at the city’s center, and every single building appears to be several centuries old and is as ornate as an opera house. For this reason, every piece of kitsch I spotted there (while few and far between in this tasteful cityscape) gave off an air of coziness. Each rare, kitschy plaster sculpture or painted sign served as a reminder of the city’s timelessness, and – thanks to their rarity – reminded me that I was in a place of brick and candlelight instead of a place of plaster and neon…

French fry sign welcoming passersby in from the chilly, cobblestone streets

Wouldn't you like this plaster barmaid to serve you a Belgian beer?

Oh how beautifully out of place this plaster sandwich looks amidst the steeples of ancient stone churches...

See what I mean?

Here's one more shot of the waffle for good measure (don't you also adore the sign "I'm a chocolate lover! You?")

Psst: Which piece of kitsch is your favorite? Mine is the sandwich, thanks to the visage of the old church behind it. Leave a comment.

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2 Comments

  • Reply kristina February 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    hi cote!! i can’t believe that you’re in belgium – lucky you!! i love all of these, especially that giant waffle!! i hope that you’re having a great trip – thanks for your well wishes and sweet comments on my blog the other day – it’s so great to catch up w. you!! 😉 😉 😉
    xoxo, k

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté February 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Belgium was beautiful and oh-so elegant, Kristina. Now that I’m back home and recovering from what all that chocolate eating did to my waistline, though, I’m feeling nowhere near as elegant as Belgium was. 😉

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