Well not exactly the first explore, but definitely the first successful one (and the coldest), the drive was going really well, we had arrived early at the tunnel and the roads were clear. Past Dunkirk though and the snow started to fall, big heavy flakes too. hoping that this was just a flurry was too optimistic and by the time we arrived in Ghent, the floor was covered with a thick layer of snow.
Ghent itself was extremely pretty, especially with the snow, it looked like something straight out of a christmas card, tall intricate spires and beautiful old buildings. The first real belgium beer went down really well.