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Inspired by music – Marvin Gaye: Back at the casino

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For the last stop of the Midnight Love Tour, we were back at the Casino-Kursaal. Although it looks a bit outdated and rundown, it’s still an impressive building. As I have told you before, Marvin Gaye performed at two concerts here. But something else happened here as well; the video clip of Sexual Healing was recorded here! We enjoyed this…

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Inspired by music – Marvin Gaye: A monument

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In February 1981, Marvin Gaye arrived in Ostend by ferry from London. One of the first things he must have seen upon arrival is the beautiful monument at the Zeeheldenplein (“Sea Heroes Square”). This square gives access to the Klein Strand (little beach) and to one of the piers. This beach is quite popular with the tourists, whereas the local…

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Inspired by music – Marvin Gaye: Soul street

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For the next stop, The Viking and I were in the Langestraat, which means “long street”. In the 60ies and the 70ies, there used to be a dancing here, called The Groove, which played black music, like soul and funk. It was actually the only one in Belgium, that for a long time played such music, so it attracted visitors…

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Inspired by music – Marvin Gaye: Confusion

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The next stop caused a bit of confusion for us. We found ourselves at the beginning of the Midnight Love tour again, at the Tourist Information Office. Almost automatically, I started taking pictures of the surroundings. The Viking and I looked around, but couldn’t find any sign of Studio Katy, the name of this stop. Had it disappeared? In 30…

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Inspired by music – Marvin Gaye: More than a casino

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Our next stop at the Midnight Live Tour was the Casino-Kursaal, one of the biggest landmarks of Ostend. It’s also located on the Albert I – Promenade like the two former stops, but closer to the center of town. The original building dates back from the 19th century, but was more a dance and concert hall than a real casino.…

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Inspired by music – Marvin Gaye: Where Sexual Healing was created

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The next stop is just a couple of meters away from De Floride and is a simple apartment building. It is called Residence Jane. This was the second apartment where Marvin Gaye lived for some time in Ostend. And most importantly, it was here, on the fifth floor, in the bedroom that Marvin Gaye composed Sexual Healing. Or at least,…

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Inspired by music – Marvin Gaye: His favorite pub

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What would Belgium be without pubs? Even the smallest village – no matter what part of the country – has at least one. On the Albert I – Promenade in Ostend, there are numerous pubs and restaurants, but Cafe De Floride was one of Gaye’s favorites. When The Viking and I looked at the videos on the iPod, we had…

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Inspired by music – Marvin Gaye: Getting back into shape

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Our next stop was the Albert I – Promenade, one of the most popular places in Ostend. Marvin Gaye liked the sea and the beach a lot and walking on this promenade was one of his favorite pastimes. He even jogged almost daily, not only on the beach, but also in the dunes, all the way to some of the…

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