This is view of our hotel, which was on a picturesque boulevard with several other hotels and cafes. Many of the hotels advertised having tea rooms, this I'm sure was borrowed from the Brits. The location was wonderful as we were able to walk into the center of the town in mere minutes, and easily come back for an afternoon siesta. The city was filled with lush gardens and numerous parks tucked away in little nooks, so it seamed you were always finding new and beautiful places around every corner.
This was a really neat spot with a really strange name that I can't remember (when I say strange I mean it sounds like a persons name from one of the Lord of the Rings movies). Really it was this grove of trees in the center of an abbey, where nuns lived in small little homes on the outside. All of the trees seemed to grow sideways, but this was one of the most calm beautiful places in the city.
Ghent was a really cool and very interesting city. It also had canals and crazy puzzle piece houses, but felt nothing like Brugges. It had a big city feel and the canals were very large in comparison which made for a very unique atmosphere.
FYI: Never enter a guided tour in a castle with dozens of school children (this must have been the day that everyone in Belgium and France went on a field trip to a castle)when...your little one may be hungry. I didn't realize what time it was and that Tristan would soon be hungry. I won't go into it but believe me, it was not a pretty picture -there was a zillion people crammed into the torture museum and Tristan was screaming. You can only imagine how enjoyable it was for everyone!
At the end of our little trip we thoroughly enjoyed Belgium and encourage all of you to visit if possible. There is one tip though that I would like to pass on. That is, don't get your hopes up and think that you'll be able to communicate with these people(crazy us, we thought Paul would be able to speak French with them since it is one of their national languages). You won't be abl to speak to them unless you speak jibberish-thats right jibberish(it's a combination of French, Geman and English, that sounds crazy enough like Scottish)-or otherwise known as Flemmish. This is the language we found most of the people speaking (Belgiem not so much). So go ready to see cool things and be able to communicate with very few of them!
Lastly, I hope you enjoyed the pictures of Belgium and if not, well I hope you just scrolled to the bottom and saw that I posted some pictures of the little man.
Speaking of the little man...Thankyou to all of you out there who gave advice on getting him to sleep in the crib. Its a work in progress but it is getting better-slowly but surely.
Here's some recent pictures of little T, I hope you enjoy!