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A walk that visits the historic centre as well as the station area. For fervent walkers there's also a diversion to the Blaarmeersen, our green city lung.
Writer and theatre maker
Pascale Platel (1960) is a Flemish actress, writer and the uncrowned queen of children's theatre. Platel has won several awards for her work, including Ola Pola Potloodgat, the first (and to this day the only) youth performance ever to win the Grand Theatre Festival Award. She also writes many remarkable plays and one-woman shows, such as Gezegend Zij, Deer Diana, Petites Pensées de Pascale, TGaT en de Markt. A lady with spirit who brings theatre for all ages in such a spirited and headstrong way.
Walk a mile in my shoes
11km - 17.000 steps
Golden tip: wake up with a fresh head and start the walk in and around the Blaarmeersen. You have the choice between the small tour (about 45 minutes) and the big tour (about an hour and a half). Experienced hikers can also do a giga tour (just over 2 hours) along the Assels and the Drie Leien. Non-locals can stay in the picturesque B&B Het Tijdloze Uur right on the Lys!
Awake? Let’s start off with the book paradise Paard van Troje and turn the corner to Café Des Arts for a toast with cheese and pesto, zero fuzz. At the Koophandelspleinje you'll also find one of my favo shops, Miglot Fragrance Lab where you can create your own perfumes. Walk through to design and interior design shop Piet Moodshop, obligatory sniffing between design items and other gadgets for your interior. Then it's time to walk along the Coupure to the Watersportbaan. Along the way you'll come across the Europahotel and Brasserie De Kantien (tip: try their vol-au-vent). In my neighbourhood -St.-Peter-Station quarter- you'll find Limerick Bookstore, an insanely quirky bookshop. A stone's throw away is Ghent's oldest lingerie shop: Herela.
Step further towards the city centre and pass by De Krook city library, an architectural play of light and shadow. Almost done! End your day in the illuminated Ghent city centre, via the City Hall and the monumental Belfry.