This summer, barely back from the Canada I jumped in the Thalys in the direction of the Belgian coast where the local tourist office ordered photos for their online communication.
I don't know why but I never imagined the seaside in Belgium. As I'm an uber nozzle in geo and I had never seen an image on their side I didn't have any idea of what to expect. But as I loved the 2 trips I had made in Flanders in Antwerp I ran headlong to this small Belgian coast which not only had in store finds.
First there is this small tram that runs along the coast, De Panne to Knokke and from which one sees a pretty landscape of sea to the rhythm of the stops. It's pretty cool because you can make its small market among all that each station to best, We're fairly quickly with a single small tram and it makes things pretty simple (especially since I had schedules on CityMaper that works perfectly there down).
And, wherever we go in Belgium there are these good mussels and chips, These good chocolates and these waffles do not have their same elsewhere in Europe and which justify them only moving. If it is to have the sea and more we all won ^^
My little favorite : Beach Bredene I found large and quiet, with its full of greenery and cafes surf atmosphere dunes. There are of course very nice beaches (that made me a little thinking about Normandy) cities in each station, but if he had to choose I recommend that.
De Haan is by far the city I preferred for my weekend. There are plenty of pretty half-timbered houses, brick colors, sublime buildings 1900. I took 3000 photographs of houses at least. And then the little park with its doves I have a little hypnotized, I found this great city pretty up to the smaller of the houses.
I really liked the city, but the small restaurant where we ate at the end of the pier in Blankenberge was really very nice and delicious. The boss told us about his soup of fish with hearts for the eyes and the atmosphere was super warm with all the tables and clocks to the walls. I ran headlong on their mussels House and it was a real delight.
Plus they serve the cutest chocolates of the Earth with the addition <3
I liked a lot the very different style but enough post industrial chic of the town of Nieuwpoort. And then if you push to the pier there is a beautiful big wheel (which my camera decided to remove the existence by accident T_T). It is in this town that I ate in the best fish of the corner restorant : the restaurant De Roos close to the tram station.
The western part of the city of Ostend on the side of the Spa, until the last station of the city tram was a great bike ride in front of the sea that I'd really love to do if I had more time. I've been in tram in the corner on the road to Nieuwpoort and bike people gave me good envy !
So… And then you can imagine that & rsquo; to Antwerp on mange aussi, and eat well and more !! It was therefore on our sacred drive best addresses, that & rsquo; n & rsquo it; unfortunately not all tested, but I keep warm in my d & rsquo book; address :
There have… We tested and believe me it's worth it. J & rsquo; ve tasted two waffles, a hot cherries, una another “Desired lille” with a scoop of ice cream and marshmallow taste c & rsquo; was a treat…. Rhaaaa right now j & rsquo; want one !! The batter is light and crispy, best waffles in my life !
A really lovely place and I regret not being able to m & rsquo; stop longer. Their specialty : le ginger tea, that m & rsquo; made curious I must say. L & rsquo; warm atmosphere is great, j & rsquo; & rsquo c staying there; certainly.
I don & rsquo; & rsquo have that; a picture of my meal, but not the place (pity) which was exceptional : designed by the & rsquo; architect Bob Van Reeth, lunch there almost onto the river. It has wonderful eaten course :)
After this meal, l & rsquo; tourist board has awarded us a price for our morning hunt. My team had for each person a voucher of € 200 to spend in one of the shops visited, yeaaaah ! I thus paid a sublime pair of boots at Elsa, I will certainly show you very soon.
That's for the weekend my friends, practical issues now. Antwerp, c’est simple, just take a Thalys to Paris Gare du Nord and you are there in 2 hours. One can easily go for the day only (but a little short), if you stay a weekend there are a host of excellent hotels. L & rsquo; tourism office had housed us Leopold Hotel which was fine : cozy rooms, park view, and not far from the station, pratique ;), I'm sure after that & rsquo; there are plenty of & rsquo; locations slightly cheaper and just as nice.
We continue the tour of small shops visited during this “safari photo” with our local guide (see My "fashion weekend" in Antwerp (Part I)) . What I & rsquo; I forgot to tell you c & rsquo; is that & rsquo; with Alix and Tony we were rather motivated to take pictures of all that & rsquo; we were asked to find because of big veeeeeery good d & rsquo; purchases in the shops we had visited were to win. Malins organizers, they really knew how to talk to us !! Here are other shops that we took the time to visit despite the race and the small competition :
As well tell you right away, during the visits I don & rsquo; nothing ever listen, I'm too busy taking pictures in ridiculous poses looking perspective that tears. So I do not know why this concept store s & rsquo; and calls, it must be an old hospital, or else a place to care for all patients in need of fashion… L & rsquo; damn place is worth a visit if only for its design which is awesome. The clothes are very expensive but c & rsquo; is like Colette, we go to watch, s & rsquo; inspire, and leave with a trinket :) (note that & rsquo; they stock a nice bike super trendy, la classe !)
Even if the bags that n & rsquo; is not really my thing, it would be a shame to go to Antwerp without the Delvaux shop that makes d & rsquo sacks quite exceptional quality. When we see how much one pays dreyfuss bag crappy quality that sobering ! J & rsquo; it enjoyed the Antwerp-QUA LI-TEE ! The know-how, etc… I don & rsquo; gave desire to m & rsquo; buy beautiful things (although I l & rsquo; have not done :p)
Right off, Anna Heylen home we had the chance to visit. Housed in a former paper this large house has created a bright space in this very old building. Again I don & rsquo; have listened nothing… I feel con when I write my reports if you knew ! J & rsquo; hope my photos will be talking suffisemment.
This rather exceptional champagne bar is located in a beautiful gallery where you will also find a large Urban Outfitters. So you will definitely see this UFO in the middle of the gallery : a cup-shaped structure that is downright visit ! Note that j & rsquo; learned in passing : Antwerp is one of the cities that consumes more champagne in the world…
J & rsquo; had already spoken in the last time, this shop is great ! A deposit sale that same dépote where to s & rsquo; dwell on all load bearing ! I do not know why I & rsquo; have rested Sonia Rykielle wool jacket adorned with gold buttons & rsquo; a big flower Susie had unearthed (160€ !!) but I & rsquo; try not to think about it, c & rsquo; is better for my mental health.