A photo journey through Ostend, Belgium


Ostend Kite Festival

The beach was lined with colourful and crazy kites all weekend.

avenue beach hotel Ostend

 My gorgeous nautical themed Avenue Beach Hotel with the comfiest, squidgest bed ever.

horse statue in Ostend

The king once lived in Ostend and there are reminders all over the city.

Rock Strangers

I love these sculptures by Arne Quinze. They’re meant to look strange and out of place to make us question our surroundings and help give cities an identity.

Fat Matilda

This lovely lady is officially called ‘Sea’ but she’s been renamed by locals at ‘Fat Matilda’. She was originally on the casino but was taken down and never quite made it back up there.

Belgium Waffles

Om nom. The perfect snack after a busy day cycling.

Church in Ostend

Belgium beer tasting

These tasty beers ranged from 7%-13%. 1 word – lethal.

buger and beer

Beer + burgers at Cafe Botteltje = 1 happy blogger

Sunset in Ostend

LafayetteDefinitely a contender for the best bar in Ostend.

belgium chocolate

And a little souvenir to take home with me….

  1. Farrah Kelly 9 years ago

    Wonder if Fat Matilda prefers the fountain to the casino? Can’t say I’d blame her if she does… 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 9 years ago

      I think I’d rather be on the casino to be honest. The fountain was next to the main road and the casino is quite a grand building in the centre of town. Poor Matilda hasn’t got the best position either way!

  2. tia 9 years ago

    OMG! this post made me so hungry. the waffle with nutella looks delicious and what a beautiful sunset!!

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  4. I need to explore Belgium and Ostend sounds like a good place to start! I only know the Brussels train station from the time when I commuted from Paris to Den Haag! Next pix.

  5. Kathryn 8 years ago

    Did all the chocolates make it home? Don’t think I could have resisted trying one or two… or three! And boy, does that waffle look good.

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      They did indeed, I was very proud of myself for managing to get them all home in one piece! And that waffle was amazing. Best warm-up food on a chilly day. Mmmm.

  6. Claudia 7 years ago

    Hey! I was wondering if you could tell me where did you do the beer tasting? Can you do it in any bar o restaurant? Thanks!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago

      Hi Claudia. We did it at Café Botteltje. I’m guessing lots of bars and restaurants offer beer tasting but I can really recommend this one. It was a lot of fun and also well organised and they told us about the beers and had a special room that was perfect for tastings. You can see their craft beer menu here – http://www.hotelmarion.be/cafe-botteltje/beermenu/?lang=en

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