Me on Saint Michael's Bridge in Ghent, Belgium
I can’t believe it’s been nearly two weeks since I was in the magical city of Ghent. I’d wanted to write up several elaborate travel posts to somehow help you vicariously journey there with me, but the time just escaped me. Don’t you hate it when time does that? (When one minute you’re in Europe, the next you’re home celebrating Valentine’s Day, then your husband’s birthday, and suddenly the bris of the child you’d forgotten you were even pregnant with. Don’t worry, mum, the last bit is in no way based on reality, but I think everyone gets the gist of what I mean.)
This way time has of moving in leaps and bounds is ironically something Ghent seemed immune to. When my husband and I walked around this Belgian city, it felt like we were immersed in the stuff my childhood story books were made of – as though every piece of architecture should have been prefaced with “Once upon a time.” There was a medieval castle, cobblestone streets for days, and an air of quaintness to everything that bespoke fairies, spells, and dragons. No matter the constant snowfalls and freezing temperatures, the air felt crisper and cleaner than anything I had breathed in ages, and – standing still in time amidst the town squares of this Flemish city – my mind felt clearer, too. I felt so aware of the genuine slices of life that are really important – the stories I have to tell, the art I am fortunate enough to make, and the man who’s hand I’m oh-so eager to hold throughout all my timeless travels yet to come. I feel so much overwhelming gratitude that I was able to experience this awe and perspective, and – before even more time escapes me – I just want to share a bit more of Ghent’s timelessness with you in picture form…
View of the snowy canal at night...
And by day...
Walk down any given street in Ghent and it looks like this
Majestic piece of architecture nestled amidst quiet cafes
Close up of a window that looks reminiscent of a spider web or plant roots
Who can help taking long coffee breaks when you're near architecture like this?
Ghent inspires many handmade-chocolate breaks as well...
Chocolates had a warming effect when eaten on these cobblestone streets at night
Would you ever guess that I spotted this Madonna and child statue above a prosciutto maker's of all places?
Saint Bavo Cathedral
Marble sculpture inside the cathedral
This stained-glass window inside the cathedral felt so warm despite how cold it was outside
Ghent's medieval castle nestled behind modern trolly wires
View of Ghent from the castle
Arched ceilings of the castle - can you believe how well the craftsmanship's held up?
Psst: Has time been flying for you? If so, I hope it is flapping its wings in the direction of your dreams. Wishing you a lovely weekend, dear readers! (It is that time already, isn’t it?) Leave a comment.
You might also like: