Belgium has a poor reputation for many things, including travel photography. There are no famous Belgians. Belgians are stupid. Its only famous monument is a small boy urinating.
All wrong. Especially the one about Belgium being poor for travel photography.
For me, Ghent is the jewel in Belgium’s crown. It is not as museum-like as Bruges. The concrete demon didn’t wreak havoc here in the same way it did in Brussels.
Instead, the centre of Ghent is an almost perfectly preserved medieval city centre. Largely pedestrianised, too. And it feels real. This is a vibrant, working city. As you walk around you feel you are taking photos of a real Belgium. Just one that happens to have an amazing backdrop.
And, when you get bored of walking, the bars are amazing.
Describing Ghent as “not as museum like as Bruges”, I’m not necessarily dissing Bruges. Just expressing a preference for a more authentic Belgian experience.
Because, while Bruges is museum-like in the way that it has been preserved, it does mean it is a huge and impressive open-air museum. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 430 hectares of perfectly preserved medieval architecture.
And it’s largely traffic free. Always a bonus in travel photography. Admittedly, your photography is almost certainly not going to be tourist free.
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