Blogster Louise De Bast from Shades of Ghent tells
Bezige bij, sportieveling, dromer, perfectionist en optimist: dat ben ik, 22-jarige Louise De Bast. Naast sporten is mijn grootste hobby scrollen en posten op Instagram en samen met mijn medebloggers schrijven en fotograferen voor Shades of Ghent.
Het was al van kinds af zeer duidelijk dat ik een passie heb voor esthetiek. Daarom opteerde ik in mijn middelbaar onderwijs voor de richting schoonheidsverzorging. Tegelijkertijd begon ik me al snel te interesseren in de wereld van de make-up en kreeg sinds 2009 al af en toe dekans om 'het leven backstage' mee te maken als make-upassistente.
Toch koos ik om nog verder te studeren. Tijdens de opleiding communicatiemanagement aan Arteveldehogeschool is de blog Shades of Ghent ontstaan uit de gezamenlijke passie voor blogs van 6 medestudenten. Verschillende vrouwen, verschillende persoonlijkheden en verschillende interesses maken ons tot verschillende shades. Vandaag zit ik in masterjaar communicatiewetenschappen met afstudeerrichting Film- en Televisiestudies aan de Universiteit Gent. Ik vertaal mijn passie voor esthetiek namelijk niet alleen in schoonheidsverzorging maar ook in een liefde voor beelden.
Tot slot ben ik een planner die haar agenda vaak te vol plant waardoor ze al eens nood heeft aan een weekendje weg.
Louise De Bast ging samen met haar vriend naar Oostende tijdens het weekend van 14 en 15 juli 2018. Hieronder kan je haar verhaal lezen.
A day out: the Belgian Coast – Ostend
As a busy bee who’s a dab hand at overfilling her diary, I do need the odd weekend away every now and again. So, this is how I ended up heading for the Belgian Coast to recharge my batteries a couple of weeks ago. Read my story and tips for the seaside resort of Ostend below!
Wendy already gave you a number of tips on Ostend in her blog post ‘Weekend away: Ostend’. But since there is plenty more to do at the Belgian Coast, I would like to add a few more hotspots and activities today.
Before we departed for Ostend, I asked Floriane about the cost of parking in her home town. She told me that parking in Ostend is fairly expensive unless we were to take the free ferry. We decided to leave the car in Ghent and to take the train to Ostend. As we opted for a Go Pass ticket, a one-way fare cost us € 6.20 per person.
Saturday night, we stayed at the trendy Upstairs, situated in the vibrant centre of Ostend. We could tell straight away that this was a new hotel, inspired by New York. There were yellow touches everywhere: from a yellow tropical frog to a canary-yellow slide. I was thrilled with our choice of hotel. Why? The staff were incredibly friendly. Everything was well organised. An added bonus of course was its ideal location. And the breakfast was utterly scrumptious. The only downside was that we didn’t manage to get the water in our shower any hotter, but other than that, it was a great place to stay.
When we got to Ostend I obviously would and had to make a beeline for our co-blogger Floriane. As it happens, this Ostend native runs a restaurant on the promenade, together with her parents, and I had always promised her that I would call into Le Chevalier if I made it to her home town.
On arrival, we were shown to a nice table in the lovely, well-appointed restaurant with, needless to say, an outstanding service. We opted for the delectable 19 euro lunch menu. As you can tell from the photograph, this was extremely good value. It marked a delicious start to our weekend at the Belgian Coast.
TOI, MOI ET LA MER
I’ll make no bones about it: I love eating. That evening we went out to eat again, this time around to Toi, moi et la mer. As we had a dinner reservation, we were given one of the few tables in the sun with a view of the beach. Under the setting sun, my friend devoured his fresh mussels and I the menu (see photographs). At the end of the evening we settled our bill of €117 for two, having had a delicious meal, wine, water and a gin & tonic as aperitif. Not the cheapest meal but we were more than happy to pay it.
hint of Ghent in Ostend
JILLES BEER & BURGERS OOSTENDE
In spite of the fact that there is a Jilles at the corner of my street in Ghent (digs), a gang of us decided to go for burgers at Jilles Ostend on Sunday night. In contrast to Jilles Ghent, we didn’t have to book a table here, though we did have to wait for our food a little longer.
Address: Albert I-promenade 60 – below Hotel Andromeda
POLÉ POLÉ BEACH
Yes, we also have that bar in Ghent, albeit not on the beach. In this beach bar you can enjoy delectable cocktails and tapas in your beach clothes with a view of the breathtaking sunset. We indulged in some sangria and their divine mojitos while watching the World Cup Final on a screen at the bar.
Address: Vlaanderenstraat 90
Morning run on the beach
On Saturday night, after admiring the sunset, we went straight to bed so that we could go for a run on the beach before it got packed. I would highly recommend going for a run on the beach. Pure bliss! (In spite of the fact that my legs felt rather heavy after all the wine the night before ;-))
DISNEY SAND MAGIC
Just like last year, Ostend is once again organising a sand sculptures festival. This year’s theme is Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. As you can see from the photographs, they even managed to incorporate an ode to our Red Devils. The stunning works of art will remain on display until 30 September 2018. I would highly recommend it! As students, we paid 10 euro a head, adults are charged 12 euro.
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