Annually on the first weekend in December to coincide with St Nicks Day, the local motorcycle club organises a massive rally based at the Velodrome.
On the Saturday, upto 2000 bikers and their friends meet St Nick himself off a fishing boat. Accompanied by his helper, Piet, St Nick travels around the town and environs in a motorcycle sidecar distributing sweets (candy!) as he goes. The streets ae lined with well wishers.
The club also collects toys for local childrens homes from the participants.
Next to the statue of King Leopold II rises the 'Thermae Palace Hotel', which was always the most prestigious hotel in Oostende.
After a great night out in Leuven and when we stepped out the last pub we decided to go to Oostende for a walk at the beach.
We came right on time to enjoy a wonderful sunrise!
A picturesque village, known for its annual horse-blessing, its windmill, and other activities. The picture shows the ST.ANNA church.
A nice painted facade from a pub in Ostend.
Don't forget Ostend is situated in Belgium, and this country is a beer paradise.
LOCATION : 't Pleintje.
Just before Valentine our city has a special theme for Valentin lovers. Visit Ostend this period and you will see what happens...
Het Stedelijk Zwembad - Ostend swimming pool ( 50m x 20m, saltwater, indoors, 28°C (82°F). On the picture you see the outdoor poor and the Thermae Palace Hotel.
Just out of town on the way to Middelkerke there are several old guns and defensive installations. Put there by the Germans in WWII presumably to defend the harbour and coast.
An interesting visit.
This is a surprise TIP: not one but 4 TIPS at the time!
You just have to enlarge the picture and there they are: the ADDRESSES and whatever you need to know!
Curious? Just click.
Again: a surprise tip, this time 3 lovely places that are a real MUST.
You only have to enlarge the picture and everything will be clear to you!
Make your choice and enjoy!