Belgium… Which city do you like most?

My friends and I visited Belgium in March 2012. We had a chance to visit only 4 cities in Belgium: Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp. And, these 4 cities gave me 4 different feelings.

Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, disappointed me. This city was busy and dirty with many people on streets. Actually I should have known before I went there because these characteristics are the nature of most capital cities around the world. We used this city as a base to explore other cities in Belgium and Luxemburg.

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What I like most in Brussels was the central square, which was full with beautiful buildings and fun atmosphere.

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Ghent is not far from Brussels. This city was more charming than Brussels. We went there as a day trip. On the early morning while walking to the city center, it was quite cold and foggy, and I felt like this city was an abandoned town.

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Then, the sunshine suddenly changed my feelings toward this city. I like the views of the buildings along the river.

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Bruges From Ghent, we took a train to Bruges, and I liked this city the most. It was a pleasant town. It was a good city for sightseeing and walking around. I was regret that I did not choose Bruges as a base. This medieval city sometimes was referred to as “the Venice of the North” because there were many canals around the town, and boat trip was a great way to explore the city. Well, for me, the canals were not that many when comparing to Venice.

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Antwerp On the way to Amsterdam, before leaving Belgium, we stopped and walked around in Antwerp. Antwerp welcomed me with the gorgeous train station. The city was not that big; we spent only couple of hours there.

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How about you? Have you ever been to Belgium? Which city do you like most? Share your experience with me in the comment!

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