Sunday, October 19, 2008

OSTENDE IN OCTOBER

I wrote already about Ostende here on this blog two years ago, but the weather hasn't been nice at that time and the pictures are rather dull. This time it was very surprising. It was October 11 and we had around 20°C (70 F) ! Miracles happen ! --------------------------------------------------

We took the train in Hal, near Brussels. It is so easy to go by train, it only takes 1 1/2 h. You don't risk to sit in a traffic jam and don't have to spent money on expensive parking places. When the weather is nice, the highway to the sea is always fully packed. -------------------------------------------------

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Rather funny is, when you step out of the train, you can find yourself besides a ferry boat to England ! That's what happened to us. In our train were a lot of british people going home by ferry boat. ------------------------------------------------

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The view out of the station. There was just a ship going through a canal and the bridge had to be lifted up.

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Everybody had to wait and observed the ship in the canal.

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There was a fair in Ostend, behind in the back you see the Sint Petrus en Paulus church -------------------------------------------

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A lot of seagulls are looking for food

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The ferry boat is leaving to cross the channel

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It is quite big

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We saw these pipelines going through the beach, it looked quite ugly, I hope they will take them away for summer !

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Appartments, appartments in summer they are all rented and sometimes it is hard to get one if you don't book in time

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With around 20° (70 F) people sat on the beach and enjoyed the sunshine

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some of them even went in the water !

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Here is the Casino of Ostende, where you can play day and night if you want !

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a new sculpture on the seafront

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Seagull meeting

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A carriage takes you through the town

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The bridge which is lifted up when a boat wants to go through

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at the end of our walk we had a coffee here. The yellow canary bird is my friend Ilona, we had a wonderful day.

Here is a link to Wikipedia Ostende history

8 comments:

Eppie said...

Lot of interesting places!Ah!Casino Kursaal Oostende
The largest Casino in Belgium...THE CASINO where, if you are lucky, you can treble your holiday money!!!!!!!!!


Awesome sculpture.

There is no better way to visit the natural beauty of the city and see the legendary points of interest than by carriage...

What delightful images!

Jenny @ Daily Dose of Motherhood said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos!

Melli said...

Looks like it was a beautiful day and a fun time! I love Ilona in yellow! Everyone else around looks so drab and dreary... She is bright and beautiful!

* TONYA * said...

Great photos.

I just love the fair and the pipelines.

GMG said...

Hi Gattina! This looks much better than one would assume; never went to the end of the line on that train; always stopped at Gent or Bruges... ;) Beautiful pictures and Ostende looks pretty interesting!
Meanwhile, Blogtrotter just said goodbye to Mykonos 2007!! It shows the famous sunset scene at Little Venice, and the Pelican mascot of the island… ;)
Hope you enjoy, comment and have a great weekend!

Bunka said...

I'm going to Ostende next sumer, thx. :)

Reader Wil said...

What a great trip you made! We only were in Ostende when we were on our way to the UK. We did it several times, but we also went from Calais, Hoek van Holland( the Hook) and Flushing. So your photos are an opportunaty to get to know Ostende a bit better.

R. Ramesh said...

awesome photos..and the scupture..wow..keep up the good work friend.

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