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Old Jan 4th 2014, 03:19 AM
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Yes, Ghent has been high on my list for quite some time.
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Old Jan 4th 2014, 07:28 AM
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Bruges to me is a dead boring provincial town of no interest. It's a tourist trap though. The 'medieval' city center is fabricated, little of it is genuine.
If you're into such cities, Ghent is a much better option.
Yes, Ghent is also a very beautiful city, but without all the waterways.
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Yes, Ghent is also a very beautiful city, but without all the waterways.
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Ghent's got everything Bruges got and then some. The big difference is that Bruges has been much better at promoting itself, especially abroad.
I'm not being chauvinistic by the way. Ghent's three times further away from me than Bruges.
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Old Jan 5th 2014, 03:43 AM
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Looks good, for a city
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Ghent's got everything Bruges got and then some. The big difference is that Bruges has been much better at promoting itself, especially abroad. I'm not being chauvinistic by the way. Ghent's three times further away from me than Bruges.
Stunning pictures - Ghent looks absolutely beautiful.
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OMG! I just realized what I was seeing in this picture!

Like, where are the railings beside the canal?

And where are the signs warning people that there is a risk of drowning if you fall into the canal?

And where is the warning sign that there is no lifeguard present? Or that swimming is allowed, or not allowed?

Stupid people could fall in! Small children of absent-minded parents could drown!

That lack of railings and warning signs would be completely illegal in Canada or USA.
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Under bridge to left, railings
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Under bridge to left, railings
Yes, there are some railings in the background and on the bridge above, but the foreground clearly has none on either side and people are standing there.

I'm just trying to make fun of (or draw attention to) the North American obsession with public safety.
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Ghent is a university city. Drunk students fall into the canals all the time. I can't recall ever having heard of someone drowning though.
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Old Jan 6th 2014, 09:41 AM
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There are natural wonders and beauty on all the continents and in hundreds of places I've never been such as Croatia, which is supposed to have lovely areas. All of the states in the US have beautiful areas, too. California has lots of them including the coastline of Monterey County and the rock formations in Death Valley and Yosemite up north. Arizona has the Grand Canyon, and Wyoming has famous Yellowstone National Park. Rhode Island and Maine have gorgeous ocean views and beautiful little harbors packed with sailboats.

However, I would make a case that Utah might be the state with the most consistently spectacular scenery, starting with Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in the southwest and heading on up northeast toward Denver, Colorado.

As far as gardens go, my own tastes are generally for the Asian style which imitates nature rather than the more formal styles found in much of Europe and the Mid-East. Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh, Morocco, designed by a French painter in the 1920's and restored by fashion designer Yves St. Laurent combines both natural and formal elements. Another garden I really like is at Birr Castle in Demense, Ireland. It combines the features of a rushing rocky stream, ponds, and a terrific collection of magnificent trees and shrubs used to create a natural, rather than formal effect.

Here in the US there are lots of great gardens, but to me, the most diverse, beautiful, and user-friendly are Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, and Fairchild Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida.
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