After sampling the local lager type beers, we decided to try Rodenbach, a dark looking beer. Its quite delicious, a cross between mild and bitter but not as gassy. Cost approx 5.40 euros for a pint and a half. My best memory of Oostende is sitting outside a bar, after having a couple of Rodenbachs and feeling absolutely relaxed and chilled.
Ostend is an important city in Belgium with around 90.000 inhabitants, which started life as a a small village built on the island of Testerep, situated between the North Sea and a beach lake. Even though the the village was not very big in size,around 1265 it became a city after the people was given the right to to build a market hall and hold a market. Fishing was the main source of income for the people of Ostend. The coastline of the North Sea has always been rather unstable and in 1395 the inhabitants decided to build a new city of Ostend behind large dikes, further away from the devouring sea. It's strategic position on the North Sea coast did have it's advantages, as a harbour but also proved to be a place of conflict. Ostend was frequently taken, destroyed and rampaged by conquering armies.
Later, traffic connections were improved and Ostend's harbour continued to expand because of this. A railway connection with Brussels was constructed in 1838. Then in 1846, Ostend became a transit harbour to England when the first Ferryboat sailed to Dover. The Belgian kings, Leopold I and Leopold II, both liked to spent their holidays in Ostend and this boosted the city's profile. Important monuments and villas were built to please the Royal Family. The rest of aristocratic Belgium followed and soon Ostend became known as "The Queen of the Belgian sea-side resorts" .
we had the cultural...
we had the cultural tip of eating
of how to shop on the market
now we missed this very important one!
You can't make a walk unless you take some refreshment.
What about having a drink on the sidewalk of the beach with a lovely view on the sea?
aaah... guess you are right,
this ain't the view on the sea!
Helga, Filip and Ron!
well... still a nice view no? You don't hear me complaining! '-)
Visit the travelogues!
SeaSens takes you on a discovery journey...
The place to be is the IMKE C, a beautifully restored freight ship which has its permanent basis in Ostend.
You can leave your seasickness pills at home, because it all happens while the ship is lying by the quaside in the lighthouse dock.
Take your seat in an electronically operated relaxing chair. Float away on a mixture of sounds of music, in which a high-tech sound installation as well as the ship engine of the IMKE C take part. Open your eyes and your mind to the light- and lasershow. Take a deep breath and experience the subtle aroma of pure and natural ethereal oils. After the relaxation session, you can taste our "flavour of the season", a carefully selected drink.
A nice new shop with modern clothes for male/female (not only jeans!) Nice shirts with long sleeves, jeans, jackets,...
Only-Xx Mexx-Jack&Jones-Garcia-Tom Tail Average prices