I believe that the family who lives here, has an unique view.This picture is made from the teak wooden Thai bridge in the Oosthofpark.it must be great to live here, in the middle of nature, a pound in the garden, view on a Thai bridge.Notice the old flat boat near the shore.more
No one can deny the connection between Koekelare and Thailand.Of course it is because of the Thai-Flemish association.More of Thai architecture you can find in the Oosthofpak, besides the Kinaree statue (see previous tips) there is also a beautiful Thai bridge.This Thai bridge is completely made of teak wood.It is a donation of the NV Imfeca...more
What a beautiful statue, this Kinaree.This statue was given by Minister Pitak and Governor-General Seree of the TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) as an appreciation for the good cooperation of Mr Holvoet as president of the Thai- Flemish association.Because of his 60th visit to Thailand Mr Holvoet got the title "Friend of Thailand” from the Prime...more
Another piece of Thailand in Koekelare, besides the Sala Thai in the city centre.This statue symbolises a mythological figure from the East. Half women (symbol of elegance), with in one hand a lotus flower (symbol of purity) and in the other hand a dove (symbol of peace and freedom).Half Bird, which holds the world together in harmony and...more
In the Garden of Hope, which is located behind the Fransman museum, it is great to walk around. It is great to enjoy the silence.This Garden of Hope is a garden of views, but sometimes it is also a garden of sculptures. So the sights might change over here, of course the sights change because of the changing of seasons, but also because of the...more
Behind the Fransman museum (St Maartensplein), you can visit the Garden op Hope.There is no entrance fee.This garden of Hope is dedicated to our deceased King Boudewijn, who was for many people a kind of symbol of hope.At his funeral Will Tura (a famous Flemish singer) did sing a wonderful song for our good King Boudewijn:Hoop doet levenJe gaat...more
When you walk along the Ringlaan, you can not miss this old beet cart. This beet cart is also named - tombereau - " (which is the French word for muckspreader).In my tip on the Fransmans museum I already told you on the hard working of the Fransman, and the fact that Koekelare is kind of the Capital of the Fransman.Well this beet cart is kind of...more
This old streetcar is placed here for the remembrance of the old streetcar route.In the past there was a tram bedding at this place. The tram did ride from Brugge over Koekelare to Leke.A steam tram was used since 1910. But in 1932 this steam tram was replace by a track car, his name was Kamieltje. In 1951 they replaced Kamieltje for a regular bus...more
In the restored horse stables of the brewery Christiaan, you can visit the museum of the Fransman (the French men).The Fransman is a name given to the locals who did go to France to work in the beet industry. Every year when the season of the beets started, 10.000 of Flemish men went to France to work on the French fields. There were many season...more
In the big tower of the brewery Christiaan you can see a permanent exposition of 70 pieces of art (etchings) of Kathe Kollwitz.In our region Kathe Kollwitz is a famous German artist, which is well known for a pair of statues, The Mourning Parents, which you can see at the German cemetery of Vladslo near Diksmuide.In the Yves Rhaye room you can...more
In the corner of the St Maartensplein you can see (and visit) the old Brewery. The old brewery Christiaan dates from 1790 and is completely restored.In 1993 this museum got the reward of Flemish monument.In the big tower (den ast) there is a collection of Kathe Kollwitz, in the restored horse stables you can visit the Museum of the Fransman.more
Behind the city hall you find the Nature Reserve De Mote.This green spot is really located in the middle of the city centre. There is an educational walking trail, where you can learn a lot on local trees.For the younger ones there is an adventure playground. So here the children can play while daddy is trying to catch a fish in the big pound.more
No, No, this is not Thailand, it is really Koekelare.You can find this Typical Thai building in Koekelare just behind the Sint Martinus Church. In fact it is an electric cabin which has been re-decorated as a real Thai building.It is a gift of the Thai- Flemish Friendship association. This association organises different events, like Thai language...more
At the picture you have a closer look on the bird which sits on a pole in the middle of the fountain in the city centre of Koekelare.To me, it looks like a strange bird, or maybe it is just modern art, is it the city mascot, so many unanswered questions . . .Or maybe it is just part of the renovations of the city, in order to give Koekelare a more...more
At the Concert Square, there is also a fountain besides the City Kiosk.In the middle of this fountain you can see a bird on a pole. And at irregular times water squirts out of the snout of this strange bird.I do not know what the symbolism of this bird is; maybe it is the city mascot, who knows?I did ask it some colleagues who live in Koekelare and...more
In the year 1985 the city centre of Koekelare has been completely renovated.And the result is really beautiful, like this the city centre has a very open and modern look.This renovation works were rewarded with a special price. It was in 1990 that the city of Koekelare received the Agora Award for City renovations.more
Near the Church you can see some graves. In the early days it was kind of tradition to bury important persons near the Church. So near the Sint Martinus Church you can see some old graves of former priests. And you can also see the grave of Karel de Gheldere, a poet-doctor (1939 - 1913). This Karel de Gheldere was known as the "Poet of the Roses"....more
In the middle of the city centre of Koekelare, you can't miss the Sint Martinus Church.This neo-gothic Church dates from 1878 - 1912. Some of the Church furniture is very old, like the communion rail, which dates from the 17th century; and there are 3 confessionals from the 18th century.The Church treasure contains 16 - 19th century liturgical...more
In the Poetry street (the Noordomstraat), the street with the big rocks and the bas-reliefs, it is kind of a tradition to decorate the street with poems.So during the months of July and August, they decorate the street with poems. At several house in the Noordonstraat you can read poems which are hanging at the houses.more
In the Poetry street (the Noordomstraat), you can see 8 big rocks. Lucky for the cars these rocks are not in the middle of the street, but on the side walks.Each rock has a name of a famous poet on it; this is the William Shakespeare rock.The bas-reliefs on the rocks are made by Agnes Van Ransbeeck.more
In Koekelare the Noordomstraat is also known as the Poetry street.The view of the Noordomstraat was completely renewed, as they place here eight big rocks and eight bas-reliefs.On the big rocks there are written the names of world famous poets.The bas-reliefs were made by Agnes Van Ransbeeck.more
From where I live (Roeselare) it is about 25 km to Koekelare.
So sometimes I take my bicycle, but mostly I go by car.
This picture is made along the ringlaan in Koekelare, I did pass there with my race bicycle, and I thought wow, what an unusual sight. I have seen lot of these big limousines while I was visiting Los Angeles a few years ago, but here they are only used for special events (like weddings).
In the city centre there are several especially reserved parking places for disabled people.
So if you are not disabled you can not park here, if you decide to do any way (maybe because you are too lazy to walk 100m more), then you will be fined.
Or as the sign post says: Neemt u mijn plaats, neem dan ook mijn handicap (If you take my place, then you should also take my handicap).
While visiting Koekelare, you might notice the white and blue ijzerfront signs. Well these signs indicate the direction of a touristy tour along the region along the River De Ijzer, which was the scenery of heavy fighting during the First World War
Normally this tour starts in Diksmuide, where you can visit the IJzertoren and the trenches of death, then you drive flat Westhoek region towards Niewpoort where you can visit the big King Albert-I monument, then you arrive in Koekelare with its Fransman museum, and then via Vladslo, with the famous sculpture "the mourning parents” made by Kathe Kollwitz, you arrive back in Diksmuide. The trip is about 79 km long, so it can also be done by bicycle.
In the city park, De Mote, which is located behind the City Hall, you can fish in the big poundDo not forget that you need a permit to fish.Meanwhile the children can play on the playground nearby, and your lady can sit at the terrace of the sport centre and enjoy a cold drink. fishing gear, and a big umbrella for the sun (and the rain)more
In the city park, De Mote, which is located behind the City Hall, you can make beautiful hikes in a green and natural environment. This park has a surface of 6 hectares. It is great to walk here and listen to the silence of nature and to observe the colours of the forest. nothing specialmore