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These trip to Sluis was simple fantastic, through the nice blue sky and high temperatures, pleasant by bike to make a trip.
The first time this year that we got, more than 30° Celsius in the shade.
But of the bicycle, is the wind always present and pleasant.
These picture is taken end of the first curve of the Canal Sluis - Bruges, where small boats can become use.
In background see you the Belfry newly re-established.

I hope you enjoy and for a lot people a pleasant vacation

SLUIS was probably founded around 1280 by the Flemish Count John I of Namur and was originally the name Lamminsvliet. In 1324, however, Sluis got its current name. The city has its origins due to the silting up of the Zwin. This allows the direct connection of the important commercial city of Bruges to the sea was blocked and Sluis became the main port of Bruges. In 1290 the village received city rights, and its strategic location was a fortified town in 1382. In 1340 at the mouth of the Zwin had been the Battle of Sluis occurred which was the prelude to the Hundred Years War. In 1385, started the construction of the Castle of Sluis, which was heavily damaged during the French invasion in 1794 and finally demolished in 1820.
From 1387 Sluis was the main Burgundian fleet harbour. On January 7, 1430 the marriage took place here between Philip the Good and Isabella of Portugal. This gave the importance of the city at that time. The heyday of Sluis lasted until about 1450, after which a rapid decline Intradiscal due to the silting up of the Zwin.
The Taking of Sluis in 1604 by Maurice of Orange.
Also during the Eighty Years' War Sluis played an important role as a fortress. In 1587 the Duke of Parma captured the city. In 1603 the Battle of Sluis took place. The Spanish occupation lasted until 1604 when the Spaniards left the city after Prince Maurice got possession of the city. This episode comes the story of Johnny van Sluis.
Although the city and surrounding area afterwards played a role in the State Spanish Lines further an insignificant little town had become. On July 27, 1794 began a siege by the French. On August 25 of the same year, the city surrendered, partly due to disease of the defenders.

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