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(49) - Bray-Dunes (F) / Adinkerke (B)

Bray Dunes (F):

The French coastal resort Bray-Dunes is the northernmost town of France, and resembles - as far as situation and architecture is concerned - very much the places along the Belgian coast, however the language is French only.

Driving from Dunkirk (F) on the old N1 along the "Canal de Dunkerque à Furnes" you reach after Zuydcoote the new fly-over that leads to Bray Dunes. Don't follow the signs towards the beach "Bray-Dunes Plage", but take the D60 through Bray-Dunes Centre to the border.

Most travelers however follow the old N1 (F) / N39 (B) or take the new motorway E40 from Calais to Ostende, and don't pass by Bray-Dunes at all.


F-59... Bray-Dunes

B-8660 Adinkerke

 Bray-Dunes  (F) Bray-Dunes (F) / Adinkerke (B):

On our way to Belgium: the last few yards on French territory, Belgium is ahead.

(rue Albert 1er, D60)

Bray-Dunes  (F)

Bray-Dunes (F) / Adinkerke (B):

The state boundary in the middel of the street: the French D60 becomes the Belgian N386.

rue Albert 1er (F) / Duinhoekstraat (B)

 Bray-Dunes  (F) Bray-Dunes (F) / Adinkerke (B):

Leaving Bray-Dunes we enter Belgium: the white house in the background already is in Belgium.

rue Albert 1er (F) / Duinhoekstraat (B)

Bray-Dunes  (F) Bray-Dunes (F) / Adinkerke (B):

The former customs and border-office of the Belgian authorities, now is a shop where the famous Belgian chocolate is sold to tourists.
Times have changed...

Duinhoekstraat (N386)

Bray-Dunes  (F) Bray-Dunes (F) / Adinkerke (B):

Loking back to France.

Duinhoekstraat (B) / rue Albert 1er (F)

Bray-Dunes  (F) Bray-Dunes (F) / Adinkerke (B):

The old railway track from Veurne (B) to Dunkerque (F).

Bray-Dunes  (F) Bray-Dunes (F) / Adinkerke (B):

The old railway track from Veurne (B) to Dunkerque (F). The northernmost railway crossing of France, just 25 yards from the border.

Bray-Dunes  (F)

Straight north along the border-line lies a foot-path through the dune landscape (1,5 km): The Flemish nature reserve "De Westhoek" (340 ha) on the right (not be confused with the region in South-West Flanders of the same name) and the French nature reserve "Le Perroquet" (225 ha) on the left in France.

BK November 2003

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