Wow, wonderful photos, I like beer! Mind you, I come from Eindhoven, not too far away I guess.
Last year we went to Ghent and stumbled onto their "summer festival". A most interesting place and a great time!
The Gravensteen (Castle built by the Counts of Flanders, to curb the pride of the men of Ghent)
Another view of the Gravensteen.
Two views of an impressive tower built by the citizens of Ghent. I'm sure this structure is in defiance of the Gravensteen.
Emperor Charles. Overlord (nominally) of the Counts of Flanders.
Maureen meets an Angel
There was beer, beer everywhere, and my observation was everyone was well behaved. My friend from Holland, who knows and likes Belgium, reckons the medieval monks did nothing else but brew beer
Thanks bill. Their beer is really good and I sampled a few varieties. No particular favourites though. We even had compimentary beer when we did a tour on the canals, Duvel from memory.
My friend comes from a place called 's Hertoganbosch (I just love that name), which might not be too far from your home town?
Some of those photos were taken with my Olympus e-620 and some with our Panasonic TZ5. They're straight out of the cameras; I guess partly because I haven't yet got the confidence/eye/knowledge to do a lot of processing. My brother in law reckons I should get a copy of Elements (he's a photography enthusiast of many years) as it's not too hard to learn....he says.
Just as an aside, have you tried the NZ brewed Tuatara beers? They're very like good English and European brews.
I must admit belgian beers are my favorites! Even though french ones (from the north of France) are really good too. Abbaye beers (from monks ) have no equivalent!
Try A Chimay, or a Rochefort and you'll understand
But I tasted and enjoyed really good beers in NZ. I found them close to english/irish ones, especially the dark and amber.
So great food, great lanscapes, great people, great beers : I want to settle down in NZ!! ^^