Today, the sun was shining and the sky was a deep blue. It was perfect weather for going to the beach. De Panne is a Belgian beach town located very close the the French border. By car, it is a little over an hour from Lille. We arrived just in time for lunch and had croquettes and moules frites on a terrace on the main road just one block from the beach. After lunch, we rented some beach chairs and a parasol and then spent a long time digging in the sand and dipping our toes in the North Sea. And there were stripes, everywhere! They really made the beach quite charming.