Let's go back in time with villa Les Zéphyrs

In Westende, a small town on the Belgian coastline you can find 'villa Les Zéphyrs'. It was built in 1922 on behalf of doctor Henri Muyshondt and his wife. The doctor lived in Ghent but used the house as his holiday resort as much as he could.

The villa has an original interior of the renowned art nouveau top designer 'Henri Van de Velde'. In the small but original museum you relive a rich family on holiday in the the 30s of the last century. A time when tourism on the Belgian coastline was blooming.

The Westende tourist office is also housed in the villa. You can find the villa and museum at this address: Henri Jasparlaan 173, Westende, Middelkerke.

The Dumont district in De Panne

The Dumont district in the town of De Panne at the Belgian coast is a pearl of architectural heritage that originated in the late 19th - early 20th century under the direction of architect 'Albert Dumont'. His son 'Alexis Dumont' signed the unique construction plan of this neighborhood with rural cottages, which were built with respect for the existing environment, its nature and dune relief.

On the high dunes, spacious villas with sea views were built. Originally, the villas were built in a cottage style, later more modernist villas were added. Some in art-deco style. Just as important as the villas themselves are the gardens, trees and plants.

The Dumont district is in big contrast with the nearby very commercial center of the town of De Panne, were quantity seems to be more important than architecture, nature and style.

Since 1995, the Dumont district has been protected as a cityscape with a number of monuments and stately buildings to dream away by.

You can find the Dumont district at this address: Dumontwijk Albert Dumontlaan, De Panne.

The Gods houses of Hertsberge in Bruges

A God's house is a charity where sick and elderly were cared for in the name of god.

There are only a few archive notes about the gods house 'Hertsberge' in Bruges. Located outside the neighboring beguinage, the godshuis was originally a convent for poor beguines. A charter states that the convent was founded in 1335 by 'Griele' and Marzoete van Herdsberghe'. That's where the houses probably got there name from. The Hertsberge houses may have evolved into God's houses for impoverished elderly women in the course of the late 14th and at the beginning of the 15th century.

The god's houses consist of seven typical single-storey little houses with dot-facade and in the top an arc-opening, each with a Tudor or Cork Bowl door and only one window. The houses have their own chapel.

In 1796, when Belgium was under French occupation,  the French government placed the god house, like almost all of the city's caritative institutions, under a new board, the Civilian Houses of Commons. An organisation to help the poor and the sick. Since 1974, the God houses are protected as a national monument.

You can find the Gods house of Hertsberge at this address: Katelijnestraat 85-91, Bruges.