After a leisurely breakfast we left our apartment about 11:30. We only had a loose plan for today--there was a church we wanted to visit and also a castle.
We've passed this interesting building several times already--I LOVE the fairy like figures on the top:
Pretty stained glass windows--installed in the late 1800's:
St. Michael's Cathedral. We walked all the way around and tired every door--but it was closed. Darn! It looks very interesting, and the stained glass windows looked to be original, or at least very old. We did notice lots of renovation/road work around the front--so maybe it's not an active church right now.
The view down the canal from St. Michael's Bridge:
One of the very few street art pieces we've seen on this trip:
There was a walkway under the bridge and along the canal. What a view!
Next up: Castle of the Counts, built by Count Phillip of Alsace on the site of a 9th century wooden castle
Entrance to the castle.
We didn't pay to go into the castle, the reviews were pretty "mixed" and there was mention of several sets of steep and tall stairs. Not for me this trip!
David by the big entrance doors:
We were happy to just see it from the outside--it's pretty cool:
There was a small square with several cafes right across from the castle, so we relaxed for a while with a couple of cold beers--beer with a view!!
We wandered a few more side streets, then decided we were ready for lunch. We chose a place by the canal and ordered the local Gent specialty--waterzooi. It's a chicken/vegetable soup/stew dish--really delicious. This one had chicken, leeks, celery and carrots.
Another goat cheese salad--not the best, for sure. David ate the cheese and left most of the rest. The bowl of waterzooi was huge, so we had plenty to eat.