Brugge to the North Sea via the Dutch Border

How to fill a day with a forecast for rain until 8pm and a visit from my cycle touring buddy the Graceful Cyclist? By hiring a Dutch city bike and taking a trip down Napoleon History Lane.

To be precise, we headed down the canal to Damme, a picturesque medieval town and our first stop of the day (coffee).

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This canal was created by Spanish prisoners of war in an attempt by Napoleon to connect two of his ports when his movements in the North Sea were hindered.

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On the way we abandoned our bikes to manually ferry across to the other bank and back (whee).

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Before crossing into Holland (I don’t think I’ll even tire of the novelty of border crossings) and eating more fries than our stomachs knew what to do with.

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38km after setting out we hit the North Sea at Het Zwin and enjoyed some relaxation before the ride back to Brugge.

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I bet this blue-bike has never ventured so far from Brugge before!

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