I met Dennis and his brother in Amsterdam in September for a few days before classes began. Pretty much, it seems like Gent on steroids. More canals, more bicycles and bicycle lanes, more small bridges, more flowers, more red lights, more cafes, and less laws. But also less good beer. Only a cool 2 hours from Gent with the high speed link from Antwerp-Amsterdam. Definitely a very beautiful city.
Warning: Renter must enjoy claustrophobia:
A car small enough to use the bicycle lanes. Enough space to fit your foldable grocery cart outside the vehicle on the storage rack:
Can't pass through Amsterdam without people watching in the red light district: