Near our accommodation, the Werregarenstraat branches off from Hoogpoort to the north.
The Werregarenstraat is a narrow alley surrounded by high stone walls. Only in the middle, there is a fence, which opens the view to the Hof van Rijhove, a listed house with a mostly original garden from the 15th century.
On the walls of the Werregarenstraat, graffiti painting is allowed. An ideal training ground for young artists.
Due to the changeable weather, we are still undecided about what we should do. Therefore we decide to buy some small things first.
Opposite the St Nicholas’ Church, the Metselaarshuis with the figures on the stepped gable catches our eye. It is the guild house of the stonemasons from the 16th century.
Right around the corner is the Veldstraat, a shopping street with department stores. Yet, we are surprised to find only a few people in the pedestrian zone on a Saturday at quarter to ten.
After we have finished running your errands, we walk through various alleys to St. Bavo’s Cathedral to visit the Ghent altar. It is in a shielded side chapel. Since an extra entrance fee is required and filming is not allowed, we do not visit it. Only a small view through a crevice we can throw at it.
Frustrated by the weather and the film ban, we decide to get a better overview of the city. We make a round tour with the Wandelbus. The Wandelbus drives on a fixed route with stops every few hundred meters. The bus stops only when someone wants to get on or off the bus. Very exemplary is its electric drive and that the Wandelbus can be used free of charge. As a result, this reduces the individual car traffic of tourists and locals.
The journey first leads south to the Kouter, a large square. On Sundays, it is the venue of the flower market.
Afterward, we drive north, past Gravensteen Castle near the Prinzenhof, and further to the Vrijdagmarkt.
We notice that especially in the northwest of Gravensteen Castle there are a lot of restaurants and bars and this area is very touristic.
We return to the Hoogpoort and start on foot again, as the weather has improved in the meantime.
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