Through April 30: Marvin Gaye 'Walkumentary' in Ostend, Belgium
Stars and Stripes March 14, 2012
On Feb. 14, 1981, famous Motown singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye (“I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “What’s Going On?”) arrived by ferry in Ostend, Belgium, to get away from his chaotic life and deal with his drug addiction and depression. While he lived in the port city, he was able to rest, and it was there that he wrote the hit “Sexual Healing.”
On Feb. 14, 2012, the Ostend Tourist Board launched the Marvin Gaye Midnight Love “walkumentary” for those who would like to follow in the footsteps of the singer. For 3 euros, you rent an app to download on your cell phone or iPod (iPods can be rented for five euros). At designated points along the walk, the program links the visited site with footage of Gaye and interviews with people he knew.
Until April 30, the tourist board is offering a special package to coincide with the launch. It includes one night in a three- or four-star hotel, breakfast, digital tour, information pack on Ostend and the Midnight Love CD.
Costs depend on arrival dates. For two persons arriving Sunday through Thursday, the cost is 84 euros for the three-star hotel and 105 euros for the four-star. Arrivals Friday or Saturday pay 104 euros in the three-star hotel and 115 euros in the four-star.
Go to www.marvingaye.be, which has an English option.