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Inspired by Paul, I jump from Russia pictures to my archive.
Ryszard has noticed recently that everybody was in Bruges and he has seen already the most places there on the photos. Indeed, there are 85 pages of photos on TE. Of course, the reason is that Bruges is a fabulous city, full of atmosphere, but unfortunately, thousands of tourists think the same. I was in autumn, out of season so it was not so bad bu I imagine how irt looks like in summer.
Fewer people go to Ghent (51 pages) although it is also very beautiful and interesting. But there are other beautiful cities in Belgium that are not visited. A few years ago I visited Mechelen and I liked it very much. And another example is Leuven Who goes there? I was in Leuven twice, in 1979 and in autumn of 2004. I sometimes write that I am fascinated by stairs, bridges, museums,.... anotherf thing are universities. I like visiting university buildins and campuses, and the atmosphere there.
The University of Leuven was established in 1425, so it is a bit younger than Jagellonina University in kraków ((1364).

The real gem is the City Hall that is for mte the most beautiful Gothic city hall I have seen. It loosk like a bigger version of the old silver reliquary.
Fonske' is a statue near the centre of town. Its full name is Fons Sapientiae, Latin for "fountain of wisdom". The statue represents a university student who, while reading a book, lets wisdom flow into his head as liquid from a glass.

And something more that I like visiting also, like many towns in this area, it has beguinage.

The Large Beguinage is one of the world's best remaining examples of its architectural type. It was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1998. This is a picture of one of the streets of this "town in town" in red brick. The Groot Begijnhof has the appearance of a small town in the city. It is a succession of streets, squares, gardens and parks, with tens of houses and convents in traditional brick and sandstone style.Just like other beguinages in Flanders, the beguinage in Leuven had a first golden age in the 13th century, and difficult times during the religious conflicts in the 16th century. One of the priests of this beguinage was Adriaan Florensz Boeyens, spiritual tutor of the infant Charles V and later known as pope Adrian VI (btw, the last non-Italian pope until John Paul II, 455 years later).

And something probably interesting for many but not for me: Leuven also has a rich beer culture, being the birthplace of several beers such as Stella Artois, Leuvense Tripel, Domus and Keizersberg. It also has several bars priding themselves in offering a wide variety of local and international beers, including a bar that claims to offer more than 3000 different beers.

well, I think that it is good that there are some places neglected by tours where one can enjoy quiet atmosphere.

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