Celluloid Diaries: Westende - The Town from The Strangers Outside

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Westende - The Town from The Strangers Outside

westende bad

Westende is a small seaside resort, situated close to the well-known cities Ostend and Bruges. It is also the town where my novella The Strangers Outside takes place. For those of you who've read it, I thought I'd share a few pictures of the town and the holiday cabin that I describe in the story.

The town's center, also known as Westende Bad, has numerous restaurants, bars, shops, and hotels. Café Centre was featured prominently in The Strangers Outside.

westende bad
café centre westende
dijk van westende
strand van westende

Rotonde is the most famous building in Westende. It is now a hotel.

westende rotonde

The holiday cabin Veldblomme in the Heidestraat where the two girls find themselves trapped in The Strangers Outside.

vakantiedomein veldblomme in westende
vakantiedomein veldblomme westende
vakantiewoning met kinderkamer
vakantiedomein veldblomme westende
vakantiedomein veldblomme in westende
vakantiedomein veldblomme

A few other houses in the area...

heidestraat westende
vakantiedomein rozenhof in westende
westende


Two sisters return to their remote holiday cabin after a day at the seaside. But little do they know they're being surrounded. Soon after their arrival, the girls will come face to face with THE STRANGERS OUTSIDE. When the assailants make their intentions known, things take a shockingly terrible turn and an intense battle for survival will begin.

westende rotonde

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    - Donderdag 7 juli 2011 - Rommelmarkt op de zeedijk vanaf Priorijlaan richting Rotonde van 8u30 tot 18u

    _ Donderdag 18 augustus 2011 - Rommelmarkt op de Koning Ridderdijk vanaf Noordzeestraat richting Sint-Laureinsstrand van 8u30 tot 18u

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    Visweekend Westende 10 t/m 12 juni 2011

    Voor de 26ste keer is Westende-bad het gezellige decor voor het visweekend. Een weekend lang proef je letterlijk en figuurlijk de smaak van vis en schaaldieren in al zijn aspecten. Aan de vele kraampjes kun je proeven of degusteren, maar in de restaurants is het uitgebreid genieten. Voeg daarbij nog een vele vormen van animatie en u begrijpt dat u hier niet alleen zult zijn!

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  69. oh, sounds so interesting. I'm intriqued. Sounds like a place I'd like to go...but just might be afraid to. :-)

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  73. I visited Brugge in 1999. It is such a lovely place I've always wanted to go back and spend more time there. The book sounds intriguing.
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  85. Finale Queen Benelux 2011

    Stem voor KIM VAN HOUTTE - Stuur Queen 8 naar 6687 (0,55 cent per sms)

    Of ga naar http://www.queenbenelux.com (gratis pol klikken nr 8)

    Kaarten en steun: angkiz@hotmail.com

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  86. What a grand tour you shard with us today. I truly enjoyed my visit with you and your interesting blog. There is nothing wrong with you as we share the same last name.

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  87. Great pics! Glad you added your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joined the party!

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  88. I throughly enjoyed the pictures. Can't wait to read your book.

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  89. These pictures are great! Thanks for stopping by the "Sit & Relax" hop this weekend! I'm following you back now.

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  90. How interesting to get to see the locations that inspired your book. Very fun to visit with you to see these spots. Thanks for linking it up. Please link this up with the Home Sweet Home party when you join the party. Thanks!
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  92. Amazing, I've never been near an author not even in the bloggesphere! Love the above pics. Could I have your autograph sometime?

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  94. Having lived in Antwerp for a year, I love all things Belgian. That post with all the kites in it is very nice. Not only am I curious about your book now, but your post makes me miss Belgium a lot!

    Thanks again for contributing to the Traveler's Show & Tell blog carnival over at my blog.

    ~Tui

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  97. Great pictures! Are those kites in the one picture?

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  98. I can't wait to read it! Thanks for joining the Planet Weidknecht Weekend Hop!

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