Knokke-Zoute, Belgium

Knokke-Zoute is a very stylish beach town in Belgium. This July has started with nice warm weather so one Sunday morning we took the car and headed to the beach. It’s 1,5 hour drive and we were there before noon. We parked the car next to some really nice looking villas, took our beach towels and went sun bathing. For lunch we went to a french bakery and cafe but funnily enough no one spoke French there! We witnessed also the presence of a belgian gentlemen who had came for lunch in his bathrobe, enjoyed a large Belgian beer with his lunch and left with his golf car. It was quite exotic sight! In the evening we head back to Brussels with a million other people with car and spent 2,5 hours in a traffic jam. Traffic jam is actually a belgian way of life and you just have to live with it. Next time I’ll take the train!

Heinakuu on alkanut suht lampimissa merkeissa ja yhtena sunnuntaina paatimme lahtea rannalle pohjoisen St-Tropeziin eli Knokke Zouteen. Lahdimme aikaisin aamulla, jotta valttaisimme pahimmat ruuhkat ja aurinko lammittikin mukavasti jo varhain.

Olimme perilla noin yhdentoista aikoihin ja loysimme suht helposti parkkipaikankin. Sitten vaan pyyhkeet olalle ja rannalle! Knokke Zoute on varakkaamman vaen suosiossa ja rantaboulevardilla on ravintolojen ja luksusputiikkien seassa huomattava maara taidegallerioita, mika loi ainutlaatuista tunnelmaa Knokke Zouteen.

Olimme ostaneet aamupalaksi ja evaaksi Brysselista portugalilaisesta leipomosta uunituoreita pateis de natoja ja nautimme ne appelsiinimehun kanssa rantahietikolla. Tuli ihan parin kuukauden takainen Portugalin reissu mieleen!

Paiva meni nopeasti auringosta nauttien ja paikallista menoa ihmetellen. Illalla paluu liikenne oli melkoinen ja kartalla n. 1,5 tunnin matka pidentyi noin tunnilla. Belgiassa ruuhkat ovat osa elamantapaa, sille ei voi mitaan.ImageImage

Une Dimanche à Knokke Zoute. Des voitures de luxe, Des galeries d’art au bord de la plage à coté des boutiques de Vuitton, Ralph Lauren etc. Pendant notre déjeuner dans un boulangerie française (où les serveuses ne parlaient pas français) on témoignait quelque chose de typiquement belge; un monsieur déjeunait tranquillement dans son peignoir accompagné par un bon bière belge et après avoir finis il partait avec sa voiture de golf dans les rues Knokke Zoutien! On voit ça que en Belgique!

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