Before I commence this post Peter insists that I inform you, my audience that if you wish to enlarge the images you just click on them. Okay that the housekeeping finished, now on to the final chapter for this year
The trip from Veere to Brugge is a total of about 120kms, and would take us the next 7 days to complete, (with a 2 night stop over in both Middelburg and Ghent). But our first stop was Veere, which was an important trading town in the 16th century, with strong Scottish connections. The skyline is dominated by the Grote Klerk and due to the narrow harbour, we were forced to back in. Luckily there was no wind when we arrived.
Veere is on the north side of the island of Walcheren and our destination was Vlissingen on the south side, accessible via the Kanal door Walcheren. Half way along the canal is the town of Middleburg, which is the historic capital of Zeeland.
On to Vlissingen (known to English yachtsmen as Flushing, which was a traditional first port of call when sailing to the Netherlands), and the rain came tumbling down. This was our last port before dashing across the open waters of the Westerschelde into the Terneuzen Ghent canal, and Belgium.
Out through the sea lock to the relative calm of the Westerschelde . The crossing took just under 2 hours and yes we just beat the wind that came in just before we entered the Terneuzen Ghent canal.
Now I’ve always said there is plenty to discover in both Ghent and Brugge. That’s one of the reasons that I love this part of the country. And again Ghent lived up to this expectation.
Luckily there is no Whelan the Wrecker in Ghent, and we discovered a newly renovated art space with displays that gave a nod to its past. The opera house is near the mooring in Ghent and I have always wanted to peek inside. Luckily the doors were open and we were treated to a personal guided tour and a free concert! Wow that was a discovery!
So that’s a wrap! And our statistics…..
We motored for 285.4 engine hours that at an average of 9kms per hour resulted in 2,568.8kms in distance. In transiting he canals we went through 127 locks, under 183 lifting bridges (I don’t count the bridges we are able to sneak under and through 4 tunnels. Our journey on our boat took us to 3 countries, Belgium, France and the Netherlands with a 2 week sojourn in Italy on Geoff’s boat.
Now it’s time to pack up and leave for our return to Australia. Au revoir❤️
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