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I wish every visitor a very nice day.

Last friday almost a springtime day.
With my electric bike almost twenty kilometres, almost forty go and return.
For my a very good trip for my health, with a lot sun.
You can see the results on these last posted picture, almost all terraces were filled, with coffee drinkers in January sun.
Difficult to find a good place, but I drank certainly my afternoon cup of coffee.

History of these old city, almost completely new after WAR II:

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 harbor . 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 .

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