La veille dame et les 3 dames de fer
|Oostende railway station. This building in eclectic style with Baroque elements was constructed in 1910-1913.|
The sculpture of the four women in loosely translated into "The watchful lady and the three iron women". It is also known as the woman of the station or "La dame de la gare".
Unidentified building near the Harbor
Old Harbor with a tall ship at dock
Saints Peter and Paul Church
|Saint Peter and Saint Paul's church. This neo-gothic church, built in 1904-1905, was designed by architect Delacenserie.The use of sandstone sets it apart from other churches in the Province of West-Flanders in that are mostly entirely built with bricks.|
Next to the church stands an older tower, a remainder of the former church from the 18th century that stood here before it was destroyed by fire in 1896. The first stone of the tower itself was laid on July 20th, 1478. The tower now houses a small museum.
Me and the North Sea
Floaters and surf
Sailors and gulls
Red sails in the sunshine
|Another sailor, but the guys in the lower part of the photo are looking at the items in the other photo. Neither Linda or I had any idea of what they were. They were hard as rock, but seemed to have rings like one would find in a tree or shrub. They also looked like they were covered with barnacles. They are about 6 to 8 inches high, as if cut by some giant mower, and from one to three inches in diameter. As you can see from the first photo they ran all along the jetty. Still a mystery to me. Anyone seeing this have any idea? (email link below)|
And as on any beach
The gulls were in abundance
And a flower clock
A tug boat at dock
|This is probably the fourth flower clock I've come across in my travels. My first was in Frankfurt, KY. I didn't even know they existed before that, and now I find them around the world.|
|A couple of sculptures I found in the Oostende area. The first I've no idea of it's meaning. There are birds flying around and a ball and egg inside with a representation of the world (?) on top.|
The second is easier. This is "Dancing Matilda". She stands on the median along a large highway. Sort of like the "Pissing Boy" in Brussels. Which I missed by the way.
The Oostende light
|This seaman's memorial shows the watchfulness of the seaman over his domain, while the other mourns for those lost at sea.|
The Oostende skyline and ocean front at dusk
While sitting on the pier, we were treated to this
And beautiful evening sky
|And day is done. It was a great day, full of sun and salt air. What better way to end it but with a sky like this?|
Well, it wasn't over for me.
Above I said the train I took to Oostende was packed like sardines. Well, my train left in the morning, but all the hotels were full. So I returned to the train station to see about getting an earlier train. Linda had returned home by now, and the train station was locked. And my backpack was in a locker inside. So me and a few other stranded souls waited outside the train station all night. The sign said it opened at 5:00 AM, well that was true for every day except Sunday, which it now was. It wouldn't open until 7:00 AM today. I did get my train and headed back to Antwerpen to meet my friends from the Netherlands.
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