A New Year’s Drive: Koksijde

By Ruben
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series A New Year's Drive

BELGIUM – What to do on new year’s day? Party until 11 in the morning and sleep for the rest of the day? Visit family and friends? Go for a walk? Or why not go for a 1300 kilometer drive, along as few as possible motorways, and include as many as possible pointless detours? My friend (and WPP co-founder) and I decided to do the latter on January 1 2016, and can definitely recommend it!

My trip started in Zeist, the Netherlands, where my friend – who had left Amsterdam 45 minutes earlier – came to pick me up around 5 in the morning.

Towns like Brussels and Ghent were already far behind us by the time the 10 o’clock winter sunrise greeted us on the empty E40 motorway through the polders (a polder = an area with controlled water levels) of West Flanders, illuminating a landscape that, if it weren’t for the endless wall of appartment buildings lining the seafront in the distance, could have come straight out of a painting by Breughel.

1. The entrance to a petrol station near Koksijde
2. Polders with seaside resort Koksijde in the distance
7. The Belgian coast has a reputation for being ugly. Its biggest town, Ostend, is infamous for having been transformed from the elegant ‘queen of seaside resorts’ into a part of the 70 kilometer long wall of apartment buildings affectionately known as ‘the Atlantikwal’. It is also known that this transformation is far from finished.

Nothing can prepare you for how ugly it is though. Despite having visited Kokzijde as a child (and having fond memories of it), my mouth fell open at seeing it again. These pictures don’t do justice to its ugliness, so the WPP team will have to get back there to try again.
9. The main street, which was already quite lively at 10:50 on this new year’s morning
13. A 1950’s church on the edge of Kokzijde
14. Some typical new developments

We didn’t get round to visiting the seafront, so there’s another reason to revisit Kokzijde in the future.

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