Before students set out for free travel on their final weekend, we enjoyed a farewell dinner in Belgian restaurant where we enjoyed traditional Flemish cuisine at a relaxed Belgian pace. An unhurried dining experience over three hours long … a real cultural experience! A nice way to wrap up our common adventures of the past weeks.
The massive tower of the Ghent St. Bavo cathedral is undergoing restoration. The scaffolding all the way to the top is impressive, however, in and of itself.
Inside the breathtaking cathedral we viewed the Ghent Altarpiece, one of the world’s most impressive and intriguing works of art from the middle ages (1432).
Group photo after we explored rooms, rampart, and defense towers of the medieval fortress Gravensteen. Our hostel was conveniently only a stones throw from this amazing structure.
Member of Parliament, Gert-Jan Segers (Christian Union Party) generously welcomes us in the Lower Chamber (Tweede Kamer), explains his party’s goals, and engages us in an educational conversation about politics in the Netherlands.
A visit to the amazing panorama, painted by Mesdag. It’s an 360 degree canvas depicting the beach near The Hague. You stand in the center and enjoy the optical illusion that you’re literally standing on a nearby dune. One of the world’s finest panoramas.
We enjoy a tour of the Hall of Knights, the medieval hall where the King of the Netherlands gives his annual state of the union address: The Speech from the Throne (de Troonrede).
The Nieuwe Kerk of Delft is where the Royal Family has been buried through the centuries. Central to in the impressive church is the mausoleum of William the Silent, the Father of the Fatherland. Students are seen standing in front of it.