As Brugge is a short 15 minute train ride from the coast, we headed to the beach. It wasn’t bikini weather by a long shot, but it was a pleasant day for a walk.
We spent a good amount of time taking photos of the beautiful Sint-Petrus-en-Pauluskerk (Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul), which is the main church of Oostende. This Roman Catholic Neo-Gothic church, with spires measuring 72 metres high, was built on the ashes of a former church. King Leopold II supported the new, magnificent structure and it was constructed between 1899 and 1908.
The church was the best thing about Oostende as for some crazy reason, many businesses are closed on Mondays – yes, including the bars *sob*.
The bar we wanted to check out opened for the evening but we were only there for a couple hours around noon. We finally found a place to quench our thirsty souls – a tiny little hole in the wall ‘t Kroegske. The long, white haired dude behind the bar looked at us quizzically when we walked into his tiny bar (which may have also been his office and his home). The bar takes up half the establishment and the one table we were at, the other half. A few uninteresting taps and 5 or 6 classic Belgian bottles is the extent of the list. We had one beer then hopped on the train back to Brugge.
I wouldn’t make the trip out to Oostende unless you’re dying to see the coast.