9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 18, 2010 8:15 AM by profchiara RSS

Marriott Hotel - Ghent, Belgium

newhiltonmembr Platinum 3 Reviews
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Returned last week from a trip to Belgium and Northern France.

 

One of my destinations was Ghent where I stayed at the Marriott using points.  Very nice hotel with an excellent location... right along the canal.  And, I had never stayed in a former brothel before!!!  There are 2 swans on the outside of the hotel... apparently, 1 swan means that the establishment is a brewery with good beer and 2 swans means that it's a brothel... who also has good beer!  :-) 

 

Everyone that I came in contact with was super!  Enjoyed all of the staff.

 

They upgraded me to a Jr. Suite which was a welcome surprise.  And, since there is no CL, I received 2 drink and appetizer vouchers (one for each night of my stay) and breakfast vouchers.  Quite a large breakfast buffet with all the typical European offerings but also scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage for the American and British visitors!

 

Ghent is undergoing a lot of construction trying to open up the canals that they paved over.  Funny how that happens, pave over the canals so cars can drive around, then realize what a tourist mecca Bruges is so tear it all up again!  So, it's quite dusty around the construction areas.

 

Van Eyck's "The Mystic Lamb" is undergoing restoration at St. Baafs but just seeing it at all is a wonderful experience!

 

Lots to see and do!  Very enjoyable town!

 

A great town to rival Bruges.  And, less tourists... for now!

 

Will attach more photos in subsequent postings.

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  • Re: Marriott Hotel - Ghent, Belgium
    newhiltonmembr Platinum 3 Reviews
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    More Ghent photos...

    1.  My Welcome Gift

    2.  View from room

    3.  View from room

    4.  Bedroom

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    newhiltonmembr Platinum 3 Reviews
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    More Ghent photos... Van Eyck's "The Mystic Lamb" (1420-1432) currently undergoing restoration.

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    newhiltonmembr Platinum 3 Reviews
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    More Ghent photos... along the canal.

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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    Exceptionally done! Bravo on the review and numerous photos.  Our neighbors visited Ghent in August and spoke so highly of their experience, the food, architecture and people.  Keep those photos and reviews coming!

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    profchiara Alumni Steward Silver 3 Reviews
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    Great photos and story, NewHilton!  As you know, I share your appreciation of the Ghent Marriott -- I hadn't realized it had once been a brothel!

    ProfChiara

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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    http://uptake-mu-blogs.s3.amazonaws.com/blog/lodging.uptake.com/files/2010/05/Marriott-Ghent-Belgium-600x450.jpg

    Above:  Marriott Ghent.  According to Uptake, "There are two swans adorning the outside of this beautiful historic, 150 room hotel. One swan on the outside of the building represents a brewery; two swans – a brothel."

     

     



    Interestingly, Professor the use of swans to depict the world's oldest profession predates Shakespeare and is very much in use in the modern day.

     

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bf/Swan-hotel.jpg/220px-Swan-hotel.jpg

    Above:  Walt Disney Swan Resort, Orlando

     

    Unlike Las Vegas, the world's oldest profession does not enjoy legal status in Orlando, oops!

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    profchiara Alumni Steward Silver 3 Reviews
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    Thanks, TJC -- I have actually done research on Mary Magdalene and medieval prostitution (which was legal everywhere in Europe till the early 16th C).  Do you know when the first reference appeared regarding swans?  It would be very useful, because I never came across it in 15th C. records.

     

    Interestingly, Flanders was known to be the capital for the 'best prostitutes' in the medieval world.

     

    Cheers, ProfChiara

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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    http://www.theoi.com/image/K10.11Aphrodite.jpg

     

    "Do you know when the first reference appeared regarding swans? "

     

    Do images depicting the love goddess, Aphrodite riding a swan and the god of wine and revelry, Dionysus - one of her mythological lovers offer a starting point?  Wasn't Belgium originally a province of the Roman Empire?

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    profchiara Alumni Steward Silver 3 Reviews
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    Good point, TJC!  Belgium was indeed part of the Roman Empire.  What's curious to me is that when I was doing my research for France and Italy on the subject in the late Middle Ages, I don't ever remember seeing references to cygnus, cygne or cigno.  Curious.

     

    I also found this on the web which shows how fluid symbols are:

     

    "The Swan holds a multitude of representations including love, grace, purity, beauty and sincerity. Another attribute of Aphrodite, the Swan also symbolized chastity. The Celts believed the Swans were benevolent deities and legend has it that their images were forged into silver medallions worn around the neck for protection. In Hinduism, the Swan is known as the Hamsa bird and signifies the divine mind and the breath of spirit. The Swan is also another symbol of the Virgin Mary and the purity and love she symbolizes."

     

    ProfChiara

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