Ostend 27.09.2019


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Suddenly town exploration starts from the port. It doesn't happen often to me.

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I couldn't figure out how to write the city name in a correct way for quite a while. Half of the places does it as "Ostend", the second half as "Ostende". Well, let it be Ostend, like in wiki.

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As it often happens, one of the central places in the city is cathedral. This one is unusual, cause right next to it there is a tomb of the very first Belgium Queen Maria Louisa.

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Feels like close to Netherlands. Well, actually those lands once were Dutch lands.

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Street shop. Even thought the weather wasn't the best for such a thing.

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Local museum ship. It's a port city, so this is the right place.

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There is a red light district right next to those ruins. With windows like in Amsterdam and with no photos allowed. However it's way too small: just a single building or so.

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A great and tasty bouillabaisse fish soup. Even though it's a south region dish, it was perfect on the North as well.

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Here you can buy the same soup, but much cheaper :)

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Somewhere on this street there is the oldest building in the city. I argued a lot with my friends, but we didn't come to a agreement which one it was. Even maps with GPS didn't help us.

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On the way back we unexpectedly ran into square with a kind of modern statues.

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Right behind the square there was interesting park with sand sculptures. I've read about it before, but I had an impression it's just a temporary event held somewhere in summer. I didn't expect to see it in almost October.

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It's funny that the entrance isn't free, but there is a fencer with huge spaces and you don't have to go inside to see almost everything. Only a few people pay and go inside. Majority give at a quick glance from the outside and leaves.

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I arrived to the city by this ship. That's why I'd like to say a couple of words about port infrastructure.

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When ship arrives to the port, normally the captain receives a pin token for access to local infrastructure and shares it with the team. In some ports it stays the same for years (:
So the pin is the key to access a shower, toilet and other things right in the port. It's not free, but it's a part of a fee the ship pays to stay. Sometimes the price might be a few hundreds euros per night. However in our case, it might be free sometimes as well, as the ship isn't commercial.

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Ok, next post is about the ship. Finally.

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