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This afternoon my wife and I went cycling together.
A lovely weather in Belgium, only much wind for biking.

This was authorized by the government during COVID-19.

You can see that normally much people, walkers, biker and runners, today nobody, everyone follows the lockdown, normally to May 4.
But I want not with other people contact.

Napoleon canal or DANSEVAART in Dutch
The Damse Vaart is a canal in the north of the Belgian province of West Flanders. It is about 15 km long. The canal connects the provincial capital of Bruges with the Dutch border town of Sluis. Digging for this canal started after approval by Napoleon (1810), hence the name Napoleon canal.

The city of Bruges had been making plans to restore its connection to the sea for some time before that approval. The old Zwin bed, the earlier canal to Damme and the so-called 'Fresh Canal' between Bruges and Fort Sint-Donaas came into view for optimization. Bruges had already been satisfied with a connection to the Zwin, which had been declared inaccessible since 1648. When Zeeuws-Vlaanderen came under French administration, it was good to link a regional file to Napoleon's military plans. The new channel therefore had to connect Bruges to the Western Scheldt. Initially, the channel had to connect to Nieuwenhaven, directly opposite Vlissingen. Finally - after an attack by the British in 1809 - it was decided to connect the channel to the harbour basin near Fort Impérial. It would be part of a network of channels behind the coast, allowing for a quick supply of French soldiers, without confrontation with the English navy at sea. However, after the defeat of Napoleon, the channel was not finished. Barely a quarter of the first Bruges-Sluis route was completed.

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20/04/2020 16:55:26
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