Tag Archives : Ostend

Photo Essay – The Last Of Summer In Ostend


Things come and go. As do seasons… In the beginning of September, the weather had changed so much that we all thought autumn had come early this year. It was time, so Lars and I thought, for one last trip to the sea. And off we were to Ostend. During one of our first trips, we had spent one week…

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A Rainy Saturday – Ostend


Remember the Marvin Gaye Walk in Ostend? This time we concentrated ourselves on the outskirts of the city. The harbor area for example looks really interesting and we will visit it another time. The Viking and I would have liked to see some other coastal towns that Saturday afternoon, but it was raining so hard that we decided to go back home.…

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Inspired by music – Marvin Gaye: Back at the casino


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 Although it looks a bit outdated and rundown, it’s still an impressive building.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


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


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


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


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


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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