Gent, Belgium

The images above bring to mind an entranceway to a tea party hosted by The Hatter & the March Hare and, if slightly more amber-hued, the road to the Emerald City…

… and Belgium’s Gent is kinda magical that way. Revisiting these photos taken on a two day visit to the city last month I’m reminded of Gent’s many storybook qualities. While we were there the ominous-looking stormy summer skies added a gratifyingly brooding quality to its atmospheric architecture and cobbled medieval streets. But it’s not all gloomy Gothic stonework – bright bursts of colour and contemporary character abound. It’s a fascinating place… and the beer’s not bad either.

Gent, Belgium

spired, steepled, stained

Gent, Belgium

knotted sanctum

Gent, Belgium

magic number

Gent, Belgium

blue hide  |  delirious pink elephant

Gent, Belgium

passionate vine  |  sinuous mosaic

Gent, Belgium

city’s skin

Gent, Belgium

summer greens

Gent, Belgium

luchador ligature

Gent, Belgium

chair stare

Gent, Belgium

hollyhock cyclops

Gent, Belgium

third eye

Gent, Belgium

loaves & fish

Gent, Belgium

literary leanings

Gent, Belgium

“the wool is thataway!”
(gent’s 14th century textile industry hero, jacob van artevelde, points to england)

Gent, Belgium

façades

Gent, Belgium

parrot parlour

Gent, Belgium

faded flourishes

Gent, Belgium

harlequin house  |  chimay triple – everyone’s favourite tipple?

the wonderful photo manipulations (titles unknown, my labels: ‘luchador ligature’ and ‘third eye’) were seen at superette and were made by atelier l’ami