An exciting weekend in Ghent

As you may already know, I’ve begun work full-time work as TBU’s Social Media Manager and on behalf of TBU I’m off the Ghent on Friday for a very exciting weekend. I’ll be writing about my trip here on TBU, on my own blog and also for World Travel Market.

Here’s what I’ll be up to:

It will be my first time on the Eurostar to Brussels and from there I’ll hop on the train to Ghent in the gorgeous Flemish region of Belgium.

TRACK

I’ll be there for TRACK, an outdoor exhibition which takes artwork into the outdoors. We’ll be hitting the streets on bikes to see sculptures and paintings by 41 international artists. The works have been placed all around the city with some standing tall and proud as the centre of attention in Ghent while others are hidden away in lesser known areas and will require a little bit of hunting. The idea of this is to not only discover art but also discover the city. Sounds like an art inspired treasure hunt to me so I can’t wait.

UPDATE: You can read about my experience with TRACK here: Discovering the true meaning of art in Ghent

Dinner with the locals

I’ll spend my first evening at the home of a local couple who run Comme Chez Moi. They invite tourists into their home for a chance to meet local people, try the delicious local foods and experience Belgium in a unique way.

I also did this while I was in Sweden with the Swedish Supper Club and it was a brilliant experience. I don’t think you can really get to know a place until you’ve got to know the locals and what better way to do this than in their own home.

UPDATE: I had a great time visiting the home of Jozefien and Karl. Here’s how I got on: Comme Chez Moi: At home with the Belgian’s

A hotel with a difference

Tazu Rous Hotel Ghent

On my first evening I’m going to be staying in The Tazu Rous Hotel which is a hotel room built around a huge clock. This will by far be the most unique hotel I’ve ever stayed at. I’m not sure how I’ll deal with it chiming on the hour every hour but I’m sure it will be worth it.

UPDATE: Staying in this hotel was the most amazingly unique hotel experience I’ve ever had. I don’t think anything will ever beat it: Staying in the hotel Gent clock tower

A Jazz festival

I’m going to be in Ghent during the Ghent Jazz Festival and will see musicians like Sonny Rollins, Backback and Agnes Obel. I’ll admit that I’ve never heard of any of these people but who doesn’t love a bit of jazz?

Clubbing

Ghent has a massive techno scene and it would be rude to go all that way without experiencing some of the best techno clubs in the world. I’m more than a little tempted to re-live my teenage years, find some glow-sticks and get ready to rave.

And there’s more…

I’ll also be climbing the belfry with the carillion player, shopping at a flea market at Saint-Jacobs and visiting S.M.A.K, a museum of contemporary art.

Wow, I can’t believe I’ll be doing so much in one weekend. If you know of any other great things to do in Ghent, please let me know. I’m sure that after all this activity I’ll be looking for some good coffee shops and bars.

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (18)
  1. hey,
    for coffee bars in ghent (also belgium), you can take a look here: http://www.facebook.com/BelgiumCoffeeBars
    there’s a google map and a foursquare list you can follow
    specifically for ghent I would advise: Or (say hi to Katrien, Charlene or Valérie) and Labath (say hi to Thomas, Valentine or Yf) they’re both pretty close to the center and in and around the track parcour
    enjoy our beautiful city!
    tim

    1. I know. I think the clock room is the thing I’m most excited about it. Arts and culture are all good but I’m going to be sleeping with a giant clock in my room!!

    1. Hehe, there was no raving to be had unfortunately 🙁 We were exhausted after all the day-time touristy stuff and festivals in the evening. I think the night life was a little quieter because all the students were home for the summer but it was still really busy. Lots of beer and wine tasting instead of raving 😉

    1. This place looks absolutely amazing but we didn’t make it there. It was such an amazing city with so many gorgeous cafes and bars and restaurants. I definitely want to go back so maybe I’ll be able to try this place then 🙂

  2. Ahh I’ve heard great things about Ghent! If my memory serves me correctly, Jerrick from 25 Travels wrote about how he loved it, but that could be a lie.

    The clock in the hotel though? Bizarre but amazing. Techno partying? Amazing.

  3. What fun! Sounds like you’ve got an amazing weekend planned in Ghent. I missed the opportunity to spend time in Ghent last year when I visited Belgium so I’m really looking forward to seeing your posts!

    Glad you’re promoting Ghent as a “more than a one night stay” destination. Sure, it may be small, but small in size doesn’t always mean small in culture.

    Enjoy!

    1. I hadn’t expected to love Ghent as much as I did. I’d barely even heard of it but since I’ve been back I can’t believe how many people who have told me they love it too!

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