The Channel and Ostend beach on June 9th, 3 p.m.
The weather was surprisingly sunny and warm with hardly any wind. There were enough people to make the place feel pleasantly alive, without the big crowds that tend to trot up and down the promenade.
The beach around 7 p.m.
(Click on the photos to get a detailed view.)
The white cabins you see in the second photo are part of the beach villages that pop-up every summer. July an August are the busiest time of year. Young people like to hang out at these villages, playing trendy music and serving beers and cocktails ...
While I was there the villages were far from being ready and most nights (except Friday) the beach was quiet with just the crushing waves lulling me asleep. The village above is called 'Blue Buddha'. The one some 500 metres further east (photo later) is called 'Monroe Beach'. I guess the names remain the same over the years and become a rendezvous spot for friends who meet there every year.
I shot some 400 photos. And although about half of them are useless, I have enough material to keep you entertained for a while.
P.S. Did I mention that I had a great time?!