We arose at 6:15 to get ready for our next big adventure: leaving The Netherlands, heading to Belgium.
We finished packing up our baggage and headed down to a good breakfast at the Renaissance restaurant around 7:15. We saw our travel companions for the first time since we got off the canal boat in Amsterdam.
|Breakfast at the Renaissance|
After a hearty breakfast, we headed back to our room to grab our bags, but since we still had an hour till the bus, we stopped off in the lounge to play a game of chess.
Afterward we headed up to the room, only to find a bellman raiding our room to retrieve the luggage for transport. A little unsettling, since we had the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door, but at least he had the cart and we didn’t have to carry it ourselves!
At 9:00 am, we hopped on the bus, after verifying our luggage and we were on our way.
The trip was uneventful. A little traffic, but we still arrived at Ghent 12:20, right on time.
|On the Road to Ghent|
After departing the bus, we made our way through our new hotel, the Sandton “Grand Hotel Reylof,” to our room. The room was massive!
|Our Next New Home, the Sandton “Grand Hotel Reylof”|
Once we’d gotten ourselves situated in our room, we went out exploring and to find a little lunch. We wandered around the area near our hotel, then when we couldn’t find anything, we went a bit farther afield. Finally, we turned a corner and there were three or four huge, picturesque churches over a bridge, so we did what good tourists do: we took lots of photos.
|First Trip Through Ghent|
We finished with our photos and found a nice little restaurant to enjoy lunch at.
|Lunch at Brasserie Borluut|
By 3:00 pm, we found our way back to the hotel for a walking tour of the city of Ghent.
|Walking Tour of Ghent|
After the tour, we spent an hour wandering around the city and eating waffles and ice cream.
|Post Walking Tour – The Tour Continues|
The evening was completely low key, with us doing some final laundry and relaxing for a few hours.