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Saturday, May 18: Ghent and Antwerp

View of Medieval Towers of Ghent

An early departure gave us ample time to explore the bustling university city of Ghent, with its medieval Guild Houses, and impressive Castle of the Counts of Flanders, as well as the medieval Meat Hall and Baroque Fish Hall. The day culminated in a viewing of the Cathedral of St. Baaf, include the masterpiece of Jan van Eyck, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. Another short ride brought us to Antwerp, where we visited the brand new MAS Museum, affording spectacular views over the city and its port and we arrived at our Hotel on the Schelde River, the Antigone. That evening, a circuitous route in the old town, past the Renaissance Town Hall, brought us to the atmospheric hostelry called ‘De Pelgrom’ for a traditional meal under arched vaults and candle light.

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Thursday, May 16: Medieval Grandeur of Bruges

Memling Altarpiece in the Hospital of St. John

We started the day with a visit to the Church of Our Lady with Michelangelo’s Bruges Madonna and Child, as well as the grandiose tomb of Charles the Bold, the last heir of the House of Burgundy. Then we visited the impressive St. John’s Hospital, now housing the Memling Museum, as well as a remarkably preserved Eighteenth Century Apothecary. A tour of the atmospheric canals was followed by a visit to the Town Hall as well as the Basilica of the Holy Blood. That night, a group dinner on the Market Square.

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