On a Sunday, we use the opportunity to take the tram to Gent-Sint-Pieters station. It is the first Sunday of the month, the shops are open for business, and the public transport in Ghent is free! An exemplary service!
The tram stop is under the modern buildings which are also part of the station. Only a few steps away is the historic train station, built for the world exhibition in 1913. The entrance hall impresses by its pretty mosaics.
In front of the station is a small park around a monument. The square was named Queen Maria Hendrikaplein after the queen of the same name. The square houses as well a bicycle parking, many German cities could be proud of something like this.
An organic market is currently taking place on the square.
We return to Bagattenstraat and pass the cultural center Vooruit. It is the heart of cultural life in Ghent and houses a theater too.
Just around the corner in the Lammerstraat, we arrive at a modern dark building, called De Krook.
We are in the middle of the cultural life of the city. The architecturally notable building is a library and a meeting place for those interested in culture and innovation.
The Woodrow Wilsonplein, a mighty square, is lined with shopping centers and various cultural buildings. We lose orientation a bit and land at the Sint-Annakerk and turn into the Brabantdam.
On the way, we suddenly come across a small covered pedestrian passage, the Glass Alley. In the first moment, we consider it to be a shopping mall, but it quickly turns out to be a red-light district.
From Lieven Bauwensplein, we have a beautiful view of the castle complex of Kasteel Geeraard de Duivelsteen. Due to his dark skin, the original owner Count Geeraad Vilain had the name Geeraard the Devil.
But we turn back and go to the flower market at the Kouter.
Since it is Sunday and thus market day, there are also a lot of beautiful plants to admire and buy.
Opposite the opera of Gent, we stop briefly at the Bistro Rigoletto and have a snack.
On the way to the Gravensteen Castle, we pass the Hof van Beroep (Appeals Court House), one of five appeals courts in Belgium.
This Court of Appeal is responsible for the province of Flanders.
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