Afternoon trip to idyllic Damme

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Pano view of the Stadhius

Damme is so close to Bruges one would almost think it's just another neighbourhood. But then again, it's such a tiny town, and has none of the trademark of Bruges and seems a world away. The boat ride itself is very different - just trees, lawns and a flat landscape. The town is very small. Very small. It's basically one big road with attractions and of course, the city centre that's typical of Belgium now. But Damme is a lovely place to walk around. I would say that one needs 2 hrs here, not more, not less. It's one of those places you go to relax. You know you're a 30 min canal ride away from civilisation again, so might as well use that time and pamper yourself here.

I went for a walk down the main road with the Church and tons of other things pictured.

Another view...
There's lots of wild grass on which the sheep graze, but what really caught my eye here is how they cut the trees off with just the trunk and tufts of leaves on top. I found it quite interesting. Lunch was at the Restaurant Pallieter, I had crepes with ice cream and something yellow and alcoholic (whatever it was). At least I'm not dead yet, so apparently it was edible!

The next stop was the Uilenspiegel Museum. This place was a big waste, a big waste. For those of you wondering who this character is, apparently he's a fictitious German character who came to Damme by a roundabout route and Damme has since adopted him as its own. The museum was mostly in Dutch, and I had no clue what was going on which added to the boredom.

The highlight however was walking into an adhoc hall of drawings for sale in the City Hall.

and another one!
Each painting sold for E250, but it was a delight seeing it set up in such a simple austere way. I really liked this about Belgium - lots of simple exhibitions, no hype, no hoopla.

From here: it was nearing 5pm and time to catch the ferry, so walked back to the canal. Went past the windmill, but wasn't too photograph-worthy so skipped a closeup, and headed back to Bruges on the 520pm ferry. The weather was lovely. Save for a tiny minute of rain and clouds, it was clear sky all over. I really enjoyed it. Overall I would encourage people to visit Damme. It not only gives people an excuse to spend at least a night in Bruges, but you also get an idea of how quite life is in these parts - it's flat, got lots of canals, no dramatic scenery, sometimes the surprises in life are the ones that are the most simplest! :)

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Pano view of the Stadhius
Pano view of the Stadhius
Another view...
Another view...
and another one!
and another one!
My lunch break
My lunch break
Notice the flat green, reminded me…
Notice the flat green, reminded m…
Church of our Lady (Onze Lieve-Vro…
Church of our Lady (Onze Lieve-Vr…
Inside the Uilenspiegel Museum
Inside the Uilenspiegel Museum
The ferry taking us back to Bruges
The ferry taking us back to Bruges
The ferry, with the Schellemolen (…
The ferry, with the Schellemolen …
Damme
photo by: Vikram