For 'off the beaten path' I would like to take you ten kilometres North of Brugge to the little village (it has however cityrights!) of Damme. Now-a-days it doesn't even have a thousand inhabitants, but it's surely worth a visit from your stay in Brugge. When the harbour of Brugge was so undeep by the slib that was deposited in it (in these days they didn't have the technique to deepen the harbour again) the town of Damme took over the transportfunctions of the harbour. Only for a very short time as they suffered soon the same troubles as Brugge. That's why Damme has few, but magnificent monuments. The half-collapsed cathedral holds a very special atmosphere.
Sluis is a small town, but this small town had 4 or 5 sex shops...that I noticed. I'm not sure why these places are so numerous. Maybe, it's just to lure in the tourists? Should ask someone from the Netherlands.
In Brugge, I rented a bike and followed an easy route to the Netherlands. The path was next to the tree-lined Damme canal with the occasional windmill and small town on the side - there was even a pub or two for emergency refreshment breaks. The towns on the way are Damme, Ooskerke, Hoeke. I rode for about an hour and fifteen minutes to reach a town called Sluis. The website shows the route from Brugge to Sluis.
Damme is recommended in the tourist bumpf, and there's a stern-wheeler ferry that takes you there - in season. We were there too early, and walked - it's about 6 km. There's a recreation trail along the canal.
The ZEEBRUGGE 2003 Sand Sculpture Festival takes place on the Zeebrugge beach, and will run daily from August 2nd through to September 7th 2003.
The Zeebrugge port, one of Europe?s most important transport centres, bubbles with economical activity. Consequently, a guided visit to the seaport is a very instructive experience.
A roundtrip around the Zeebrugge Zeehaven aboard the ?Euro-Line? allows you to discover the extensive port complex. The?Euro-Line? has a capacity of 300 passengers.
A big concurent for the sandsculpture festival at Zeebrugge is the festival with the same name but this time in Blankenberge.
Come in and look
An Action Photo! Riding around the town of Sluis. The picture is a bit blurry because the picture was taken while riding the bike.
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