I'll be traveling to Europe in February with my parents - - their first time overseas - - and our trip begins in Belgium. We arrive on Sunday morning (to Brussels) and head to Paris (from Brussels via Thalys) on Monday afternoon, so we essentially have a day and half to spend. I had originally thought we'd head straight to Bruges spend the time there, but I've heard such wonderful things about Ghent. I'm also slightly turned off by hearing how "touristy" Bruges has become (I live in Manhattan and deal with my share of tourists every day!!) It also sounds like some of the main attractions in Bruges will not be possible in February as the Bell Tower will be closed and the boat tours do not run. My other concern is that it sounds like a lot sights are closed on Mondays.
I'm in my earlier 30's and my parents late 50's. Our interests are good food, good beer, taking in the scenery, and getting a feel of Belgium. Which is the better choice? Would it make sense to do Bruges on Sunday and Ghent on Monday? Our tickets to Paris are based on ABS to Paris. Appreciate any thoughts or comments!