This weekend, Koen and his son paid us a visit. Since there is little to see and do in Vichte and it was going to be such great weather, we all crowded into Koen’s car and drove to Kortrijk, one of the larger cities in the province of West-Vlaanderen with a population of roughly 76,000. Kortrijk originated from a Gallo-Roman town, Cortoriacum, at a crossroads near the Leie river and two Roman roads. In the Middle Ages, Kortrijk grew significantly thanks to the flax and wool industry with France and England and became one of the biggest and richest cities in Flanders.

First we had lunch in a lively little cafe, after which we strolled through the city center, had some ice-cream, lit some candles at the cathedral, and visited the Begijnhof. A great time was had by all of us.

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