The best things in life are undercover, I think … peeking out, inviting to be unveiled.
Here’s the Burgstraat – a lovely street in Gent. I wonder if it hides any secrets. And will I have the eyes to see?
Hidden number one: the church
Actually it’s not really hidden. Just turn your head way to the left or right, and voilà – the Church of the Carmelite Fathers.
“Another amazing Belgian church,” you say, as your mind proceeds towards the next stunning building. Please don’t. The photo doesn’t show it but the church door is open. Come in.
Hidden number two: the sanctuary
First of all it’s dark inside but then you open the heavy door … and the world stretches to the light. All is silent.
So many faces, carved in wood or stone, beings of centuries ago reflecting on life just like you and I do.
Hidden number three: the park
Behind the church, awaiting those who meditate on nature’s loveliness, is a park. A kind volunteer leads me down corridors of the past and soon another door graces me – this time with green and blue and pink and white. I stumble a bit and let the majesty fall around me.
There are expanses of green grass and orange brick. Places to sit and love each other, places to see the mirror of you.
Hidden number four: the small
Easily missed if the brain rushes. So don’t rush. Here are the tiny things.
And so life beckons us onward …