On to why we went to Gent. Beer shopping, of course. We stopped at Hopduvel and Dranken Geers and walked out of both places with some amazing beers. If I had to choose between them, stop at Hopduvel as they had a bigger selection.
We headed to the city center and canals for lunch. I don’t think we got a good sense of Gent given we only walked around the canal for about half an hour and spent some frustrating moments trying to leave the damn city. It was beautiful, but seemed more touristy with the multiple canal rides and every restaurant trying to lure you in. Lunch at a restaurant along the canal wasn’t great- I’d suggest venturing away from the tourist traps to really experience a sense of Gent. A friend visited Gent after us and loved it so our very brief experience isn't really valid. On that note, please ignore this paragraph and ask someone knowledgeable.
|Obligitory windmill picture in Oostvletern|
From there, onto de Struise in Oostvletern. Unless you’re staying in Poperinge, you need a vehicle to get to de Struise. We planned on visiting Brouwerji de Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren, more commonly known as Westvleteren or Westy, but alas, their café was closed during our visit. We still found a few bottles to purchase of Westvletern 8 and 12 in a store in Brugge, but it would have been nice to visit the café of the Trappist brewery.
|Big draught system, when tourists don't drink them dry|
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