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The Mercator

Oostende, Belgium (September 1998)

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The Mercator

The Mercator

Oostende, Belgium

The only other time I'd been to Oostende was to catch a ferry to cross the English Channel to Dover. I was pleasantly surprised to find on this visit that it was actually a nice town with plenty to see and do. My wife and Carol enjoyed shopping along the Kapellstratt, which has been closed to automobile traffic and resembles an outdoor shopping mall. We also strolled along the Albert I Promenade with the English Channel to one side and a row of high-rise apartments to the other. A passing shower provided an opportunity to duck into a café to enjoy a plate of Belgian waffles. Yet another street featured offered fresh seafood at reasonable prices.

We spotted the Mercator in a protected arm of the harbor. Today the ship is opened to tourists, but previously it served as a training vessel for the Belgian navy and for goodwill visits around the globe.