The Flemish coast is a place for entrepreneurs in heart and soul. That starts at an early age on the North Sea beach. Each summer, thousands of children create paper flowers from crepe paper there. These colourful little gems then become merchandise in improvised stands. And only one currency is accepted: the shells you find on the beach.
How this remarkable custom arose is not entirely clear. We do know that this only takes place on the Flemish coast, it all started around 1920 and it has unusual local varieties. Which shells precisely act as currency differs from one coastal resort to another. At the same time, it’s a good tip for on the beach: buy some crepe paper from the shops on the dyke, and your kids can start up their own business!
The list is long, but still far from complete. It proves yet again that Flanders has arisen from culture and heritage, even if this cannot always be expressed in buildings, works of art or historic city centres. All the intangible that Flanders has to offer will undoubtedly also steal your heart.