Sure, the quaint canals of Bruges are some of the best in the world, but that Belgian burg's been getting its due ever since Colin Farrell was banished there for killing an altar boy. Ghent, by comparison, is virtually unknown in the US, and strikes the balance between sleepy, Flemish town, and bustling, modern city, thanks to its trendy shops on Vlaanderenstraat, fantastically well-preserved medieval architecture, and Glass Alley, possibly the world's smallest red light district. And let's not forget the scenic canal rides -- yes, Ghent has canals too. This is Europe, after all.
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Gianni Jaccoma is an editorial assistant for Thrillist Travel, and he needs to visit each of these places ASAP. Follow his bucket list dreams on Twitter @gjaccoma