I’ve just about unpacked my bags from The Gambia and now I’m lucky enough to be taking a completely different kind of trip. On Friday I’m going to be taking the Eurostar to Belgium and then heading on to Ostende.
Ostende is a seaside town in West Flanders and is known as ‘The Queen City of the Coast’ because the king had a home here. There are now important monuments dotted around Ostende that were originally built for the pleasure of the king. From what I’ve read so far, there were major renovations in the area in the early 2000’s and now it’s a modern and stylish city. I’m imagining a place similar to Brighton but with better beer and fewer tattoos.
On the Friday evening I’ll be meeting up with the other bloggers on the trip for dinner at Histoires D’o and I’ve been promised creative pasta dishes, cocktails and view out to the sea. This pretty much sounds like my ideal Friday night.
There are some great bloggers on my trip so I’ve made a Twitter list to keep up to date with the trip.
The boy is coming along with me too and you can find him on Instagram @samueljbarnes – I’ll make a blogger out of him yet!
I’m pretty excited about the Friday and Saturday nights in Ostende. This is the first time that I’ve had a blog trip itinerary that mainly compromises bars, clubs and beer tasting. I can’t promise my tweets will make any sense this weekend but I’m sure my Instagram photos will be fun. There also seems to be an endless list of restaurant and café suggestions so I’m thinking this will be a delicious foodie weekend!
Marvin Gaye Walk-umentary
This is the first time I’ve come across the term ‘walk-umentary’ but I think I like it. The legend of soul music, Marvin Gaye, lived in Ostend for two years and we’ll be finding out how the seaside healing led to his hit song ‘Sexual Healing’ (see what I did there?)
Lotto Kite Festival
I’m already getting ridiculously excited about this huge kite festival. I’ve always wanted to go to something like this and see the sky filled with crazy and colourful kites.
If you’ve ever been to a kite festival, let me know what it’s like in the comments below. I have no idea what to expect but I’m hoping I’ll get the chance to fly a kite!
Ostende City Pass
I’ll have a City Pass for the weekend so I’ll be able to explore everything Ostend has to offer. This includes:
- Museum Ship Amandine
- Three-master Mercator
- Ensor House
- Venetian Galleries
There will be beer tasting on Saturday night and dinner at ‘t Groote Huys which looks pretty swish. I’m not going to lie, I’ve already checked out the desert menu and it looks incredible.
On Sunday we’ll be taking a tour around the city with a local photographer, Pieter Clicteur. This is going to be a great way to get to know the city and see some secret spots that most tourists wouldn’t stumble across. I’m also going to pick Pieter’s brains about photography as it’s still something I’m struggling to master.
Sunday afternoon will be filled with what Sundays were made for; food, coffee, strolling, shopping and relaxing before hopping back on the train to London.
If you’ve been to Ostend before and you know of any hidden gems that I should visit, please let me know!
Many thanks to Visit Oostende who are hosting my stay.