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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 21

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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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i Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 196&-B9 Belgium's Old World Charm A Delight To Travelers By ARTHUR J. and CLARE HEISER Belgium Is one of the most pleasant and easily explored countries of Europe. It is about the size of Maryland. Terrain is gentle from sea coast to rolling woodlands. Railroads, internal airlines and well marked modern highways form networks from the centrally located capital, Brussels. We found it convenient to stay In Brussels and make sidetrips in many directions. The region we wanted to see first was Flanders. Paul, the driver-guide spoke to others in French but replied to our questions in London English. The official languages of Belgium are French and Flemish, similar to Holland Dutch. German is spoken A 1 ! I i i along the eastern border. Most Belgiums also speak English and many understand Spanish. All of these languages have been heard on the village squares during the long history of Belgium. The direct route for the 62 miles from Brussels to Os-lende is a parkway resembling U.S. 195. The median was planted with mountain ash, pine and roses. The soft landscape, resembled paintings of Flemish masters. Trees were poplars and silver leaved willows. Brick houses has steep red tile roofs. Much of the rich farmland was devoted to vivid green pastures for Frisian cattle and heavy Belgian horses. Hops grew erect on wires. Potatoes were being harvested. A farmer's family was helping pick up the crop dug by a red tractor. Landmarks of the city of Ostende appearing on the horizon were a lighthouse, twin church spires and a lofty new hotel being raised by a crane. The old sailing vessel which had been used as a maritime schoolshlp was attracting small boys and grandfathers and the tangy sea breeze and a sense of excitement drew us on to the docks. Ostende is a busy port with fishing boats, pleasure craft and frequent car ferries to En-gland. Horse drawn broughams carried tourists along the colorful waterfront. A line of buses awaited passengers at the ferrv landing. WOMAN'S WORK Flshwlve's North Sea port is the oldest settle-stands are part of the waterfront ment on the Belgium coast, scene at Ostende, Belgium. This across historic Flander's Fields was enchanting. Flat land was accented by single rows of distinctive trees. Two "Belgian" horses were pulling a triple cart of grain uleng a canal-side road. A woman was crossing a pasture to milk :he cows. Her children carried pail and stool. The cities of Flanders are rich in cultural attraciions for sightseeing tourists. We will explore some of them in a future article. yy :y,-': . "'..1 r: " -&$h I J ry. Below, sand dunes line the Belgium coast along the North Sea. Broad beaches with a gentle surf are safe for families. This scene is at the resort city of Knokke. BEACHES ARE POPULAR Ostende has several fine beaches. The long docks seen in the background, in picture above, are part of the facilities for the popular Ostende-Dover car fer- 4 1 I ing sand. Children were playing ball on the dunes, romping with dogs or flying kites. In an enclosed community of small weekend houses men were playing boule. Beyond a golf course and driving range wis De Haan, meaning "the r' lcken,"a .e sort of fine home: . Many new ones had thatch1 1 roofs but modern picture windows. The air is so clean that houses have a washed look. Paul called Blankenberge "a working peoples' resort." It was a good sized city with a large yacht basin and central park. Near the bus station parents and children were returning from vacation carrying suitcases and souvenirs. Zeebrugge is Belgium's Industrial seaport. The world's largest glass furnaces are here. The fashionable shore resort Knokke, Is a city of expensive villas. Yellow and blue palm tree cut-outs decorated every lamp post of Knokke's beach promenade. At night these cast "sunshine" and illuminate the water. Outdoor cafes had glass windbreaks. The route back to Brussels Blue Babies Get A Break BOSTON (UPI)-Anew X-ray fluoroscopic system in use at Children's Hospital Medical Center here makes possible relatively minor corrective surgery for "blue babies" previously denied such treatment. The system, developed by the Picker Corporation, allows an operation known as the Rashkin Procedure to be performed on those blue babies whose conditions are too critical for them to exist outside a high-pressure oxygen chamber for the necessary 45-minute operation. The operation now can be performed on the Infant In the chamber. Many tours of Europe tnitlat-. at Ostende. As we walked along the quai a couple cast lines of their sailing yacht, raised canvas and set forth out the breakwater. A ferry boat tooled and started across the North Sea to England. Vacationers wandered along looking at the fishing boats tied to the dock. Local people shopping for seafood crowded about fish stands. Men catch the fish and their wives, sturdy women with weathered complexions, sell it. Fish of all sizes and shapes were displayed in tidy rows. Shell fish ranged from shrimp one half inch long, through all grades of langostina to lobsters. Miscellaneous fish including mackerel and fluke were hanging on drying racks along the roadway. Matjes herring, raw fish garnished with chopped onions, was being eaten at the counters. Step gable houses along the wharf and the fish wives' customs persist but a motorized stand, "Ijs Paleis", sold modern customers ice cream. Ostende is a big city. Its gothic cathedral occupies an entire block. Chains of lights decorated shopping streets to attract tourists to souvenir and supply stores. Fine public buildings faced wide streets with brilliant landscaping. The Belgian coast extends 40 miles along the North Sea. Beaches are gentle, sand is soft and golden In color. Ostende Is about midway of the 20 Belgium coastal resorts. We passed more car ferries, the Belgian Navy and headed northward. Houses were connected In rows but each unit was individual in style with differing roof heights. They had dormers, bay windows or enclosed balconies. The shore road runs behind grassy sand dunes, grilled with fencing to prevent drift Another "Millie" Tour Christmas in HAITI ! 4 days-3 nights ... Via Air France . . . After Dec. 23rd Miami C and 210 25 return (per person . . . double occupancy) Vmim Irani" ' iHiriii nib () yii ti Milk Hiiti. Di r" limit CkrHtmi (hiiliM ia inriini, fir- Hi fcrt ii friKi. frfwk arftam, b- riini iMrh ni hrii H Nirtm i-iny. hwr tin niiniti nKiu it Hm Imly B liacia Ratal, iH kfiiltnh art timri; f anar mn i4 tirtiln lily nfhlwi ia loart Irii triiilirt iiclaM. Personally eKorted by MILLIE RO-SACKER, on of th world'j top colli A Christmas to remember! For reservations Ph. 278-2623 RED CARPET TOURS 623 E. Atlantic Ave. DELRAY BEACH, FLA. MONTEGO 4 far 3ilrrt writ privata ear M02 includai: air fore, delun bMch holc4 ond U-DRIVE KINGSTON 4 far 3isW malt ear M23 INCLUDES! FARE, NEW NATIVE HOTEL, MEALS U-DRIVE ALL JAMAICA 7 days 6 nights 151 OCHOS RIOS & MONTEGO BAY WITH PRIVATE CAR Roto itxludoir Air fart. U-dVivo car, 3 mahtt lOcrtoi Riot in booch rtottl with bfoaMott, dtnntf daily, and 3 mgMi in booth hotel m Montoao & ightry dancing. HOLLYWOOD TRAVEL ItOI Mm Bawdi LoIm Blvd. lartwawn 1-95 A Congrats rti. MJ-0223 OPEN 10 to 9:30 MON. thro SAT. 5 - Monticello's Historic Mansion CONFUSED AS TO WHICH CRUISE? VISIT OUR CERTIFIED TRAVEL COUNSELORS FOR IMPARTIAL ADVICE The Hanseatic Point-of -View: In the spring, the Old World deserves a new look. i n II in 11 II II I IEMtASSY TRAVEL BUKEAU I 247 So. County Rd Palm Beach Adam Wirick, its Greek Revival Architecture is in the best tradition of ante-bellum homebullding. The Rev. Wirick was Florida's first Methodist Circuit Rider. A history of the county describes the pioneer preacher as a man "of powerful physique and wonderful qualities of mind." The account continued, "His eloquence in preaching, his entertaining conversation and the unfailing hospitality of himself and his wife, Adeline C. Wirick, were ever subjects of conversation among older residents of the town." ONLY EMBASSY TRAVEL BUREAU SPECIALIZES IN FOREIGN TRAVEL AND CRUISES EXCLUSIVELY And the Hanseatic takes that look. First, we loiter luxuriously on our way across the Atlantic, visiting three exciting ports before docking in Genoa. Then we sail on through the Mediterranean and Black Sea, returning to Genoa. You may leave the cruise either the first or second time we dock in Genoa, returning to the United States directly by KIM Royal Dutch Airlines. Or, after touring Europe, you can sail home by ship, or fly home on KLM. You'll enjoy the Hanseatic, a great ship with its history of service, luxury of accommodation, and reputation for pleas- V Later the Rev. Wirick moved to a plantation at Lloyd and at the time of his death, in 1863 at the age of 96, was living in Palatka. The home was sold to Dr. J. Lawrence Simklns and later another owner, then to Thomas Simmons and his descendants. The Historical Society raised $20,000 to pay off the mortgage and is continuing its efforts to restore the elegant old home. An Albany, Ga., man who Is an authority on architecture of the Old South, is supervising the restoration without a fee. t" " - impUrr 7U-lt6fl ing. (We make a point of knowing your name and wishes In no time.) You'll enjoy a great shipboard life, too, with an exciting entertainment schedule and professional cruise staff. So come with us for a new look at the Old World. Sea-Air Spring Cruise to North Africa, Mediterranean, and Black Sea. APRIL 30.-29 DAYS from Port Everglades. From $800. To Puerto Rico, Madeira, Casablanca, Genoa, Malta, Istanbul, Sochi, Yalta, Odessa, Constanta, Piraeus, Genoa. Return from Genoa by KLM, or tour Europe and return by sea or air at extra cost. (First half 15 days to Genoa. From $460.) Your travel agent can give you more information. I03-HN4I To: Holland-America Line Agencies, Inc. 1201 Brickell Avanut Miami, Florida 33131 1.1.(305)379-1781 Dear Sir: I'd like to know everything about the Hanseatic and its exciting spring cruise. Please send me your full color brochure complete with rates and cruise schedule. Name , Address . Bv HAMPTON DUNN MONTICELLO - A classic ante-bellum home, the oldest dwelling In this historic community, today serves as headquarters for the Jefferson County Historical Society, as a museum and an attraction for persons interested in historical sites. It is the Wirick-Slmmons mansion at Jefferson and Pearl streets, sitting right on U.S. 19 and a stone's throw from U.S. 90. 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