26 Jun 2018


The town De Panne is one of the most popular beach resorts in Belgium primarily because of its beach which is the widest in the country and covered in white sand. The town is of great importance in Belgian history as it is here that the first King of Belgium, King Leopold I first set foot in the territory in 1831. It was also the dunes between here and Dunkirk that were the scenes for the evacuation of British troops in WW2 that proved vitally important. Both of these events are honoured in the town with a monument for King Leopold and an interesting World War 2 Museum.

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William Kendall said...

Thanks for sharing!

Maribeth said...

I have not been, but it sounds like I must make an effort to go!

Loree said...

Yes, here too they are demolishing all the nice houses full of character and building monsters. I don't know who wants to live or look at them. Malta is changing fast and it's not for the better. Glad you had an enjoyable time though. If I remember correctly, King Leopold was the uncle of Queen Victoria. European history is so interesting and it seems like everyone is related :)