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The day started grey but according to the forecast is likely to become sunny and warm. We headed first to the small town of Veurne which became an important centre of medieval pilgrimage for two hundred years. Its Grote Markt is one of the best preserved original town squares in Belgium. Most of the buildings built around the square originate between 1596 and 1628.

After having morning coffee in the square we headed out to the coast. The Belgium coast line stretches for just over 70km and is one long sandy beach. As we drove along most of the land behind the beach is heavy developed with high rise apartment blocks. However just west of Ostend there was an undeveloped stretch of coastline preserved because it has the remains of the Atlantikwall built by the Germans to repel the Allies during World War II.

Just east and north of Ostend is the seaside resort of De Haan which was conceived as an exclusive seaside village at the end of the 19th century. We found this a rather charming resort and enjoyed walking around the village and on the promenade despite the large number of locals enjoying the sunshine.

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