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Blokzijl, Netherlands

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BLOKZIJL, some 5km north of Vollenhove, is just as comely as its near neighbour, its cobweb of narrow alleys and slim canals surrounding a trim little harbour. Formerly a seaport, it now finds itself pushed up against the Vollenhover Kanaal with a thumb-shaped chunk of wild(ish) moorland behind. The town boasts dozens of restored seventeenth-century houses, but its pride and joy is the Grote Kerk, which, with its splendid wooden pulpit and ceiling, was one of the country's first Protestant churches. Blokzijl also makes a good base for exploring the National Park De Weerribben, a chunk of protected canal and …
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