Spent a couple of days in Gent following a wonderful wedding in Holland. Still beautiful sunshine. ( In sharp contrast to my last visit 4 years ago when it poured down with rain – see ‘Belgium’) Stopped off for a morning coffee at friendly and relaxed cafe OR. Magazines and papers to hand however my flemish isn’t too good so I stuck to sketching. The front of the cafe has large open windows with benches outside to sit. Sketched the view on the street with people sitting out on the pavement drinking coffee and passing traffic. Headed down through the shopping area to St Nicholas church, one of the oldest churches in the city. A new development has been built nearby including a modern wooden Market Hall. Very striking.
Good to have a rest in the heat at the green meeting area. Whilst I was sketching a little girl (about 3 years old) came upto me and gave me a red paper heart So sweet! Then later a student came over and offered me a strawberry to have a look at my drawing. Very friendly!
I was spotted by Aki. A fellow sketcher from Japan. He came over to greet me and have a look at my drawings. He took a couple of photos so I did the same. This my favourite drawing in his sketch book. Time flew, sitting outside by the river people watching whilst sipping Belgium beer. A great trip!