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Detail from a lovely, but sadly neglected art nouveau bandstand in the Citadelpark in Gent (Ghent).

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Last week we spent a few days in Ghent and we met some people we know who live there. One such meeting took place here, sheltering from the rain, in this old abandonned kiosk (bandstand) in the Citadelpark, which is near three museums: the Art Museum, the SMAK (for contemporary and modern art) and a bit further the STAM (the city museum). A friend of us works nearby and thought it was a good open-air place for us to meet. He brought sandwiches.

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Here is some more historical confusion for you...

Ghent is the capital of East-Flanders, which is the eastern part of the old county of Flanders. The western part has Bruges as its capital. Both West-Flanders and East-Flanders lie in the west of what is currently regarded as Flanders, which is the name given to the Dutch speaking north of Belgium, which actually consists of parts of three historical regions: the county of Flanders, the Duchy of Brabant and Limburg.

The historical region of Flanders includes Bruges and Ghent (and Lille or Rijsel, which is now in France), while historical Brabant includes the cities of Antwerp, Brussels and Mechelen (and a handful of currently Dutch cities, including Eindhoven and Den Bosch). The main city of Limburg is Maastricht, which is located in the Netherlands.

And oh yes, did I mention there are fierce rivalries between all these cities and regions?

Confused? Welcome to Belgium!

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