A day Ostend in Belgium ­čçČ­čçž ­čç╣­čçĚ

­čçČ­čçž We were in Ostend with our RV (Recreational Vehicle) at the end of October, you know my post from Middelkerke and from there we go to Ostend. At first we thought the town looked great, with a harbor in the town center and a couple of nice shops lining the route to the beach. The beach is a pleasant stretch of sand, but I'm sure on a sunny day I'd be a delight, although it was contended with rain on our visit. The buildings around the beach are all apartment blocks, some of which have cafes or restaurants at the base. The buildings are not of any architectural interest. There is an odd split between the 7 storey apartment blocks which throws you back to 1900 Ostend but other than that I feel like I'm walking around a residential part of town rather than a tourist beach area. Very bizarre. Downtown has some nice shops and there was a market too. The main attraction I wanted to see nearby Church of St. Peter and PaulWe headed towards Ostend railway station as the building looms tall and stands proud architecturally. But this was pretty run down near. Not sure what to make of Ostend. Not really the jewel in Belgium's crown, which is what I expected.

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­čç╣­čçĚ Ekim sonunda karavan─▒m─▒zla Oostende'deydik, Middelkerke'deki yaz─▒m─▒ biliyorsunuz oradan da Ostende'ye ge├žiyoruz. ─░lk ba┼čta, ┼čehir merkezinde bir liman ve sahile giden yolda s─▒ralanan birka├ž g├╝zel ma─čaza ile ┼čehrin harika g├Âr├╝nd├╝─č├╝n├╝ d├╝┼č├╝nd├╝k. Plaj ho┼č bir kum ┼čeridi, ancak ziyaretimizde ya─čmurla m├╝cadele etmesine ra─čmen g├╝ne┼čli bir g├╝nde bir zevk olaca─č─▒mdan eminim. Sahil ├ževresindeki binalar─▒n tamam─▒ apartman bloklar─▒ olup, baz─▒lar─▒n─▒n alt k─▒sm─▒nda kafe veya restoran bulunmaktad─▒r. Binalar mimari a├ž─▒dan ilgi ├žekici de─čildir. 7 katl─▒ apartmanlar aras─▒nda garip bir ayr─▒m var ve bu sizi 1900 Oostende'ye g├Ât├╝r├╝yor ama bunun d─▒┼č─▒nda kendimi turistik bir plaj alan─▒ndan ziyade ┼čehrin bir yerle┼čim b├Âlgesinde y├╝r├╝yormu┼č gibi hissediyorum. ├çok tuhaf. Downtown'da g├╝zel d├╝kkanlar var ve bir de market vard─▒. Yak─▒nlarda g├Ârmek istedi─čim ana cazibe merkezi St. Peter ve Paul Kilisesi. Bina y├╝ksek ve mimari olarak gururlu dururken Ostende tren istasyonuna do─čru y├Âneldik. Ama bu olduk├ža yak─▒n t├╝kendi. Ostende ne yap─▒laca─č─▒ndan emin de─čil. Bekledi─čim gibi ger├žekten Bel├žika'n─▒n tac─▒ndaki m├╝cevher de─čil.

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­čçČ­čçž Ostend's promenade is very mixed. Strolling on the promenade and gazing at the sea is a beautiful experience. However, if you look inside, all you see is a massive concrete wall. Most of the apartments and elegant historic buildings from the last century have been replaced by a wish-wash of uninspired modern homes. It's clear that historically this city has never bothered with building restrictions to prevent one side of the promenade from simply turning into a concrete wall of apartments. Tastes vary, but anyone with an aesthetic flair for architecture and urban planning will find it a total disaster.

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­čç╣­čçĚ Ostende'nin gezinti yeri ├žok kar─▒┼č─▒k. Gezinti yerinde gezinmek ve denizi seyretmek g├╝zel bir deneyim. Ancak i├žeriye bakarsan─▒z tek g├Ârd├╝─č├╝n├╝z devasa bir beton duvar. Ge├žen y├╝zy─▒ldan kalma dairelerin ve zarif tarihi binalar─▒n ├žo─čunun yerini, ilhams─▒z modern evlerin bir dilek y─▒kamas─▒ ald─▒. Tarihsel olarak bu ┼čehrin, gezinti yolunun bir taraf─▒n─▒n sadece beton bir apartman duvar─▒na d├Ân├╝┼čmesini ├Ânlemek i├žin bina k─▒s─▒tlamalar─▒yla asla u─čra┼čmad─▒─č─▒ a├ž─▒kt─▒r. Zevkler de─či┼čir, ancak mimari ve ┼čehir planlamas─▒ i├žin estetik bir yetene─če sahip herkes bunu tam bir felaket olarak g├Ârecektir.

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­čçČ­čçž Home is where your heart is !

­čç╣­čçĚ Ev, kalbinin oldu─ču yerdir !

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That's it for today so stay healthy camping friends.­čÖé
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