Before the First World War, Blankenberge was an exclusive holiday resort frequently attended by Royalty. They stayed in a special wing of the Grand Hotel des Bains et des Families.
After the First World War, Blankenberge became a very popular holiday resort. Children of poor people were sent here to recreation homes. Blankenberge became the seaside resort of the poors. A train took them directly from Brussels to the Blankenberg station located in walking distance to the sea.
Today it has changed again. Everybody goes there, no social distance anymore. It is a place for families and young people and offers a lot of for everybody.
I went there a few years ago with a friend, we wanted to return this year, but the Coronavirus invasion put an end to all my travel plans and 2020 became the worst year for the whole world.
You have to walk up to the beach
All old mansions along the sea were replaced by modern buildings with lots of apartments !
all along the beach were these old little houses which are now squeezed between the concrete blocks. What a pity !
Here is another one, whose owner resisted the promoters !
This is the last Our World post for this year ! Hopefully next year will be a better one for all of us !