The Belgium coast is mostly famous for it’s ugly buildings and crowded beaches the moment the suns casts it’s first summer rays. But did you know that the Queen of the Bath Cities, as Ostend is often referred to, is home to an impressive collection of street art? Yes, for the third time running, Belgian’s largest coastal city forms the backdrop for the popular art festival The Crystal Ship.
This year over fifteen artists created large scale murals and art installations using Ostend as their canvas. The new artworks became a permanent addition to the fifty larger and hundreds of smaller creations which resulted from the past two editions. Together they form an impressive artistic trail throughout Ostend.
You can discover the art works on foot or rent a bike to get around even faster and absorb more of the art.
Unknown artist (not part of The Crystal Ship catalogue):
Pol Cosmo and Jaune:
Bué The Warrior:
Bué The Warrior and Jaune:
Isaac Cordal (it takes a bit of an effort to find the artwork):
I hope you enjoyed this little virtual tour. Please let me know which is your favorite work of art.
Duffy’s pub is a friendly place to eat, have snack or just have drinks. The interior is what you would expect from a decent pub: lots of wood, a nice bar and big tv screens. Service is friendly.
My boyfriend and I ordered poutine, a pulled pork sandwich and a wonton soup. The poutine was to share. To be honest I think we ordered too much food. Portions are big and the poutine in itself is a heavy dish. Everything was well made, but not exceptional. The broth of my soup (which was served boiling hot) needed more seasoning. The pulled pork sandwich was ok.
If you’re looking for a traditional place that serves honest food for a decent price, Duffy’s pub is the place to be.
1797 Pacific Way
British Columbia V2E 2H9
Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Duffy’s Pub also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 4/5, food 3/5.