Today was no exception and we went to the same beach we go to almost every year. It's between Breskens and Catzand on the north west coast of what should be Belgium but is actually a small sliver of Holland called Zeeuws Vlaanderen.
It may interest you to know that the Dutch and Flemish fought a short but violent conflict over its southern border with the Netherlands for four days in 1830 during the Belgian revolution when Belgium gained its independence from Holland. The Flemish wanted to include Zeeuws Vlaanderen as part of their country, but in the end, the Netherlands retained control of the province meaning they could tax shipping going to Antwerp as it had to pass through Dutch territory. Canny businessmen these Dutch have always been!
Anyhow, we love it there because it's generally considered too far for most Dutch people to go except on holiday in the summer and the Belgians tend not to like the area simply because it's Dutch - unless they are cyclists, in which case, they love it because the roads are so much safer for racers than they are over the border (Holland has all those cycle paths!). But I'll stop rabbiting now and post some of my photos, which I think give a good idea of how cold and hazy it was, but also how beautiful.
Hoping you've also had a great start to the year!