A day to remember in Sluis
Written by: Eline Ocké
Sluis is my town, in West-Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, known for its bustling shopping streets and fine dining. I’m Eline Jocké, born and bred here and always learning more about the place and the area. My tips for a day out.
A good starter for orientation is a walk along the ‘wallen’, the old city walls. More than six hundred years ago, they were our defences: now we’re more open and, together with the canals and some meadows, they form a lovely nature area. You may find me enjoying the peace and quiet and the view – and taking some pictures.
Along the Damse Vaart waterway
Nation’s only belfry
Our sole bell tower goes back a long way: the medieval Flemish edifice was used to announce key happenings. Now it explains our rich history, as a museum. The collection includes the life and times (and they were times indeed) of Johan Hendrik van Dale, a teacher, an archivist and a lexicographer. His name adorns the iconic series of dictionaries known to most people with a schooling in the Netherlands, much like ‘Larousse’ (FR), ‘Duden’ (DE) or ‘Websters’ (US).
Sometimes a picture speaks a dictionary. Climb up the belfry – just shy of 100 steps – and take in the views of my home town.
Weird: Museum of the Bizarre
An eye-opener indeed, this Bizarium museum of creative and unexpected inventions. Some which never happened, or should have. I had heard a lot about the place and, believe me, it really fascinated me. I was replete – dare I say ‘bizarre-ified’? – after two hours but, mind, I did take the audio tour to insatiate my interest. Anyone on a voyage of discovery and questioning through life, including kids, will truly enjoy this.