A statue in Grote Markt is backed by the provincial courthouse and belfry.
The gawking tourist crowds disappear when the temperature dips at night. Unfortunately, that's evidently when a cadre of die-hard photographers emerge from their daytime crevaces, armed with tripods and full winter jackets (present company included). Of the few people on Grote Markt square, I'd say half were camera-folk like myself and the other half appeared to be horny teenagers escaping the confines of parental snooping for a public snog and a few rounds of grab-ass.
The center statue are two leaders known for their
anti-France pro-Flemish sentiment during an era when French occupation was suffocating northern Belgium's Dutch language and Flemish culture.
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