Provincie West-Vlaanderen Off The Beaten Path

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    Schellemolen windmill near Damme
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Provincie West-Vlaanderen Off The Beaten Path

  • Nearby Towns or Villages.

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Down on the Beach

    Oostende Off The Beaten Path

    When a grain of sand enters an oyster shell, the oyster covers it with nacre, a substance the oyster also uses to coat the inside of its shell. Layer upon layer of nacre is deposited on the grain of sand, which gradually turns into a lustrous pearl. But…only 1 out of 15.000 wild oysters contains a pearl! So keep on searching!

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  • WW I related

    Ieper Off The Beaten Path

    If you are travelling by car from the French ports towards Ypres, this cemetery is an extremely interesting place to stop, 12kms southwest of Poperinge. It is at the location of the Remy Sidings casualty clearing hospital, where the badly injured soldiers arriving by railway from Ypres would have their first opportunity to find surgeons, operating...

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  • Belgian Windmills

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    There are four windmills along the canal that circles the old town section of Brugge. It seems as though most people do not bother to venture out to them, so, there are no bothersome crowds. I walked out to them in the early morning dawn and again at night. Also, if you go at night the windmills are lit and there is so little traffic that all is...

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  • Museums

    Oostende Off The Beaten Path

    For those with an interest in Second World War history one of the best preserved sections of Hitler's coastal defence, the Atlantik Wall, is to be found just outside Oostende. This was a series of connected gun emplacements, bunkers and barracks which stretched the whole of the coastline from Norway down to Spain in order to repel the threatened...

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  • Outside Ieper

    Ieper Off The Beaten Path

    Grab yourself a bicycle at the train station in Ieper...The surrounding countryside is beautiful and perfect for a ride exploring War Memorials or just to change up your pace of life for a day or two...and get yourself out into the countryside... There are many towns within kilometers of each other...you would be hard pressed to find yourself...

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  • Quiet Streets and Areas.

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    “I forgot to mention that Memling’s pictures in the Hospital of St. John were presented to the Institution by that stunner in return for the care bestowed upon him when he was received here, severely wounded and in great want, after the battle of Nancy. The interior of the hospital has undergone since his time but very little alteration. His...

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  • Mercator

    Oostende Off The Beaten Path

    MERCATOR MARINE. You cannot miss it arriving at Ostend. The Mercator Yacht Harbour,the three masted sailing ship 'Mercator',it also contains many yachts. It is nice to take a walk among the pride of many seaman.

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  • Inside Ieper

    Ieper Off The Beaten Path

    The Lakenhalle is a masterpiece of reconstruction, as is all of central historical Ieper. It is almost impossible to 'see the join' between what was left after the town was almost obliterated and what has been rebuilt. But if you look carefully at the lower layers of the Lakenhalle, you can see. Some of the original stones, slightly coarser and...

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  • Statues / Murals / Memorials

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    There is an absolutely breathtaking marble statue of Mary with Child, in one of the Catholic churches in Brugge. Funny story (what is a Michelangelo doing in Belgium?)... Apparently the pope of the age commissioned a Madonna and child sculpture, but stipulated that there be 'No Nudity' shown. In the final sculpture, Mary is appropriately covered...

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  • St Petrus & Paulus Church

    Oostende Off The Beaten Path

    Since the church looms above the cityscape when you exit the train station, you can't really call the Saint Peter and Paul Church "off the beaten path", and yet somehow it is. It's easy to disregard architectural wonders and cultural sights in a beachfront town, even when they're staring you in the face. The church is nice, but it's easy to...

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  • Canals/ Boats / Bridges.

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    The canals in Brugge are now mainly used for pleasure boats and tourist boats, but in earlier times Brugge had direct access to the sea and was a major commercial seaport. According to the website www.brugge.be, the early medieval port of Bruges was accessible from the sea until around 1050, when the natural link between Bruges and the sea silted...

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  • Statues / Monuments

    Oostende Off The Beaten Path

    Napoleon built this fort as defence against a possible invasion from the English. A British invasion never came and the fort was completed only upon the fall of Napoleon During worldwar I and II this fort was used by the German military As from 1995 this fort is managed and restored by money the "Flanders Heritage" It became a hospitable spot for...

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  • Lace making

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    And the softness of my body will be guarded from embrace By each button, hook, and lace. For the man who should loose me is dead, Fighting with the Duke in Flanders, In a pattern called a war. Christ! What are patterns for? — from the poem “Patterns” by Amy Lowell (1874-1925) The art of lace making has been practiced in Belgium for centuries. In...

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  • Breweries / Cafes.

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    This is a great spot ....quiet at the time that I visited with the few people that participated in a bike tour with Quasimondo Bike Tours...we stopped in to have a refreshment...we discovered a GREAT pub with an assortment of over 130 types of beer...and a menu for food... This is the oldest existing pub in Brugge and dates to 1515....Vlissinghe’s...

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  • Churches / Museums / Parks

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    Where? In Potterierei, just under a mile from the old city centre What? A quirky museum of all things medieval: sculpture, books and manuscripts, religious articles, paintings, furniture - pretty much anything, really. A baroque chapel is on-site as well.

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  • Medieval Architecture

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    “Bruges is a grey, silent town with crow-step gables to the house fronts, its shadows being shot with the gleams from canals that run through the streets. Its roof-level is dominated by an immense belfry from which there descend chimes. The chimes are practically never silent. Beautifully and drowsily five minutes before every quarter of the hour...

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  • Tours / Town Gates (Poorten)

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    If you find yourself over looking at the windmills on the northeast side of the city, just to the south of the final windmill is one of the old city gates, Kruispoort or Cross Gate, which looks like a mini castle with a drawbridge. At one time Brugge was surrounded by a city wall with nine of these city gates, built in the 13th-14th centuries....

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  • Beguinage / Begijnhof

    Brugge Off The Beaten Path

    Most people don't know this, but you'll get an excellent view of the Minnewater and the Beguinage from the roof top of the De Haalve Maan Brewery. Of course, you'll need to join the brewery tour to get to the roof.. Location Brewery De Halve Maan Walplein 26 8000 Brugge Phone : 32 50 332697 Fax : 32 50 345935

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  • Bavik

    In August 1894 Adolphe De Brabandere asked the township of Bavikhove, a small village in the south of Western Flanders, the authorization to build a brewery.Four generations later, the Brewery Bavik is still a family company. Some of their beers are “Petrus” and “Wittekerke”. We didn't visit the brewery but admired this brewkettle along the highway...

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Provincie West-Vlaanderen Hotels

  • Ter Duinen

    Welcomed by the hosts in this charming hotel along the Langerei canal I was pleased to see the hotel...

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  • Golden Tulip Bero Oostende

    Standard single : 57 EURO. Superior single : 62 EURO. Junior suite single : 85 EURO. Standard double...

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  • Hotel Ariane

    We stayed in hotel Ariane during a weekend in august 2006. Our room was located on the second floor,...

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  • Hotel Messeyne

    I have stayed two nights.Elegant hotel. Abosultely recommened. So close to centre ( 3 min by walking...

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  • De Speye

    Damse vaart zuid 5-6, Damme, 8340, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Saint Saveur

    Happy to have booked for one night only. Found this on the internet where it is described as a...

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  • Hotel Atlas

    Brusselaatraat 13-15, Zeebrugge, 8380, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Binnenhof Hotel

    Nellenslaan 156, Knokke-Heist, 8300, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Chamdor

    Robaardstraat 10, Roeselare, 8800, Belgium

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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