Amazingly, this was the only day that it was supposed to really rain while we’re here. Which is kind of amazing for Belgium, which tends to be quite rainy. After googling “What to do on a rainy day in Belgium,” we took the advice on checking out a Museum.
We stopped a few times along the way, because that is what you can do when you really have no other agenda but to stroll leisurely and take it all in. On one of our stops, we ended up here and got to listen to a pretty amazing opera singer who was practicing inside of the building.
Our other stop landed us at a cute shop where we both got sandwiches and a Coke to share. Finding good food can be one of the trickier parts of traveling. Especially when you can’t read the menus. Somehow we figured out what we thought we might like and it turned out that we actually did.
After lunch, as we neared out museum, we took the scenic route through Citadel park, which had been recommended to us. It was a really cool park, and it also had this thing which was quite spectacular.
It reminded me of Central Park, because it was located right in the city, yet still had such natural beauty within it.
We walked under that waterfall and we took a selfie. For the record, one of us does not like selfies at all, and the other just wants a few nice pics of herself and her husband. Since I’m not willing to bother strangers to take such pics, this is what I end up with.
Slightly dark and slightly blurry front camera pics that I absolutely love.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent was one of those experiences that started out okay and slowly got better and better. For the 8 Euros it cost to get it, I’d say it was well worth the time and money we spent. Also, any guesses as to who the Bible character is below? I thought it was pretty obvious and it made me smile because I taught my Hangtime kids about him earlier this year.
This was captured on Jeremy’s nicer iPhone camera. The museum had a lot of great art to enjoy.
Also, this painting reminded me of my childhood family friend Mr. Leffring. For the record, though we do enjoy a lot of art museums, I wouldn’t say I’m the most cultured, and sometimes paintings just make me smile because they remind me of people I know.
It should be noted that while this was a “fine art” museum, there was also some weird, excuse me, modern art scattered around as well.
Finally, I have no idea what this was, but at least it was big. And God bless my awesome husband who let me take his picture in front of it.
After the museum, we wandered around in the sprinkling rain.
And on that note, my best general travel advice would be to always bring a pair of good walking shoes, a packable rain jacket and a bag that you don’t have to hold (mine is a crossbody that lets me walk around with my hands free). I was incredibly thankful to have these three things today.
In case I haven’t said it before, Ghent is an incredibly beautiful city.
We found an easy dinner at a restaurant called Fitchen. Apparently, to balance out the chocolates and waffles, we’ve opted for weirdly healthy meals in the evening. This one included chicken, sweet potatoes and lots of veggies in a bowl with a delicious mustard dressing. It was a really odd combination, but surprisingly tasty and we might go here again before our trip is over.
And then, to balance out our healthy dinner, we ended the night with these beauties. I’m pleased to share that the chocolates in Belgium aren’t crazy expensive and are also quite delicious.
And that sums up our rainy day, rain date. Jeremy’s taking a long ride tomorrow morning, and then we will be heading out to one of Belgium’s other beautiful cities. Thanks so much for stopping by!