For our family, last weekend was a perfect opportunity to employ the reliable speech of chess without danger of going astray, in...Oostende!
Probably it would have taken us some time to reach this Flemish city if it wouldn't have been the universal language of chess. Even if Erwin was busy for a couple of hours with his simul, the reason for our city break, it doesn't mean we didn't enjoy every single bit of it! And you can see for yourself the upside of playing chess further on:
|The very first moment I laid my eyes upon the beautiful train station of Antwerp,|
I knew this weekend is going to be good! And so it was.
|Here we are: Oostende! Unfortunately our city break was rather short, just 24 hours -|
enough though to wish to come back. Many movies are being shot here, as proof that
this Flemish city is more than just sea!
|But first we must elucidate: where exactly are we?!|
|Some phosphorus and Omega 3 for the upcoming simul?!|
By the way, we had to try it out - fish market was right there, under our noses.
We didn't regret our seafood choices, absolutely fresh and delicious!
|It worked! Erwin didn't lose a single game and let only four draws slip out of his pocket.|
|The main square in Oostende, where the simul could have taken place.|
Finally the games were played indoors, since the weather is really unpredictable here,
just like in Holland. But we managed to enjoy the entire weekend without an umbrella;)
|On our way back to the train station...but the weekend has not yet finished!|
|Who needs a time machine when we have such beautiful cities to explore?!|
|From the outside, it seems a dream came true to live in such a historical building.|
The atmoshpere, the character cannot be equalised by the modern constructions.
Wondering about the practical point though: drainage, isolation, pipes etc...
|In the Market Square of Bruges|
|And we move on towards our next stop: Antwerp!|
|I just love this Gothic and Flemish baroque architecture!|
|The City Hall|
|All good things have something in common: they don't last forever.|
Time to go back home...