Ghent

Life Thru the Lens 8/52... WWI in Ghent, Belgium, Part III

Ghent, Belgium a photo tour... because sometimes words are not needed. 

The Good...

The Random.....

On our last few trips in Europe, I wanted to try to capture absolutely everything. I knew we were moving back to the US soon and I wanted to be able to capture the essence of Europe. I did miss out on some thing, I do have regrets.  The one thing I did capture, that you will want to as well is....

~ The odd and quirky things.. like the sign below which marked several spots in Ghent for hot opportunities. 

~ The architecture... not just on buildings but also on light-posts, bridges, and doors.

~ Cultural characteristics... like fun clothing stores. 

~ People... in their every day moments. 

The Fun...

I have a slight obsession with doors. I did not know I had this obsession until we moved to Europe, but doors in Europe are so beautiful. And, they are everywhere.

Did you see that I am giving away a set of birthday cards at the end of this month. Hope on over to this post to enter for your chance to win. 

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Trough My Lens MondayImage-in-ing, Our World Tuesday Random-osity and Friday Photo Journal.

What does your Life Thru the Lens look like?

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and/or link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

~The link-up will open at 8:00 A.M. Mountain Time. 

Life Thru the Lens 7/52... WWI in Ghent, Belgium... Part II

Our next stop on our whirlwind tour of the WWI countryside in Belgium was Ghent. I'll be honest, we have a slight obsession with Amazing Race. We have watched every season as a family for a long, long while now... and the season before we stopped by Ghent, guess where Amazing Race stopped? Some of you might recognize it. 

The Good...

By far Ghent was one of the most architecturally interesting cities we visited in Europe. The stunning fact about Gent is that it escaped sever destruction of the city in both World Wars. That is pretty amazing considering cities of smaller stature were destroyed as artillery bystanders. 

Since our obsession with Amazing Race tends to overshadow our life, I thought it entirely proper to begin our Ghent tour with The Gravensteen. While not one of the most extravagant castles (Germany has the bar set pretty high in that category) it was fun to tour a partially moated castle. There are not many moated castles left on the mainland of Europe. 

The Fun...

Because we had extensively toured castles in Germany, the inside of this castle was not that spectacular. However, what I did really enjoy was the views. Most German castles are either positioned in the countryside away form the village center, or high above the village. So, when you look out a window the countryside views are stunning, but I loved Gravensteen because of its village views. 

The Random...

I wasn't a fan of climbing to the top of the castles. I have an extreme fear of heights and just climbing up the stairs my heart would begin the pounding, thumping, teeth rattling drum of trepidation. But I always climbed, as I had this little pep talk in my head, "It's been here for hundreds of years. Surely it won't fall down today!" Because, the view was always worth the fear. 

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Trough My Lens MondayImage-in-ing, Our World Tuesday Random-osity and Friday Photo Journal.

WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE THRU THE LENS LOOK LIKE?

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and/or link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

~The link-up will open at 8:00 A.M. Mountain Time.