Prior to heading back to our home swap in Antwerp, we wanted to have a leisurely lunch to make up for the rushed snack we ate the day before, in order to make it to our walking tour in time. It was great that we had a rail pass that allowed us to board any train at any time as opposed to a fixed ticket, so we really were not under any time pressure. We wandered back to the Old Port area and since it was a relatively warm and sunny day compared to the day before, we opted for a restaurant with an outdoor patio so that we could have a view of the water and the street life around the port. We picked the restaurant De Graslei and after venturing away from it the night before, we were back to dining on traditional Belgian fare. We were given an amuse-bouche of a fish paté on toast, followed by another cheese croquette and a pepper steak with fries. At this point, the meal was nothing special since we had eaten similar dishes for almost two weeks now, but the ambience was wonderful. We had a nice time chatting with an old British couple that sat next to us who were just in town for the day as part of a cruise.
After lunch, we watched the boaters and kayakers enjoying the nice weather on the canal, before heading back to the hotel to pick up our luggage. Because we chose to stay in a hotel this time, it was no problem to leave our bags with the front desk after checking out. Along the way, we spotted a mural with references to scenes from the Ghent Altarpiece, which we had spent so much time admiring the day before. Once we had our bags, it was back to the busy Korenmarkt where we would catch the bus that would take us once again to the Ghent train station.