kite festival Oostende

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….

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • May 14, 2013

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

  • tia
    May 15, 2013

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

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  • June 10, 2013

    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.

  • Kathryn
    August 1, 2013

    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.

  • Claudia
    February 25, 2015

    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!


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