Anniversary trip: Gent, part 5

Possible overkill about how nice Gent is, but oh well.
More from Gent. We woke up every morning and walked out into the chilly morning air and could not get over the fact that we were walking ancient streets studded with castles and cathedrals. How Californian of us.
And we marvel at the public transport that every city has in Europe, and the lack of barricades as the poeple criss-cross across the very tracks that trams come barrelling down. It's so much more logical and beautiful.
Graslei canal again this time in the morning, the color coming out slowly with the sun that may get a small chance to pry through the clouds.
Following the canal yields many nice views, especially when the waters are still and mirroring.
Loved this corner house. which is located mere yards away from the famous painting inside this cathedral to the right, St. Bavo's.
The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. It has been stolen SO MANY times that they had to build this secure and guarded cube around it. I'm reading Art historian Noah Charney's book right now. He describes the altarpiece as "the most frequently stolen artwork in history," the object of thirteen crimes over six centuries, including six separate thefts. Napoleon stole it, Hitler stole it, locals stole it. One priest had the Adam and Eve removed and replaced with more modest paintings. Both the original and the fakes are on display. Only one panel is still missing and still a big mystery talked about to this day. This painting marks the beginning of the Renaissance and is an early example of an artist using oil paint. It was such a trailblazing work of art that many of the masters of art made pilgrimage to Gent to see the painting. I snuck a photo for you guys.
Posted November 29th, 2011 by Natalie Portman had to have hair removed from her heel
When were these Photos taken from Ghent , are you still in Ghent?
Posted By: Nick Verhaeghe on November 29th, 2011 at 09:07AM PST
Insta misses you...
Posted By: Devin on November 29th, 2011 at 11:57AM PST

Jerry Hsu joined.
Ed on Instagram or Christmas.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on November 29th, 2011 at 12:51PM PST
For Christmas.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on November 29th, 2011 at 12:51PM PST
Nick Verhaeghe, These were taken November 7th.
Posted By: ed on November 29th, 2011 at 08:26PM PST
rather than typical Californians, I think of you two as excellent and appreciative Earthlings.

so she got a heelectomy
if she didn't get it removed she could've started a sweet side show featuring "the bearded heel lady: Amidala"
Posted By: lunch on November 29th, 2011 at 09:24PM PST
Great, great post.
Didn't know about that amazing work.
New security=thief inspiration.
Posted By: Eggs McManus on November 29th, 2011 at 10:10PM PST
I'm drinking Silk for the first time. I think I'm in love!
Posted By: Josiah on November 29th, 2011 at 10:32PM PST
Morrissey on Conan tonight. At 11 on TBS.

Posted By: Jgonzalez on November 29th, 2011 at 10:37PM PST
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