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Nov 27, 2019 - Back To Ypres

Day 18 - Wednesday 27th November Today we headed for the coast to have a look at Zeebrugge & Ostend. Luckily, probably, for us I emptied the grey water tank on the motorhome before leaving. The fresh water tank was down to 10% but that was enough to se us home so I didn’t add any. This proved to be a blessing because as we entered the dock area in Zeebrugge a motorcycle cop waved us to follow him into a large yard. Oh dear, what had we done? All sorts of possible traffic violations went through my mind. I didn’t think I had been speeding &...

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Nov 11, 2019 - Armistice Day in Ypres

Armistice Day We woke to grey skies which was a bit disappointing after the glorious sunshine back in the UK yesterday. We’re now an hour ahead of UK time so at 9am local time when we headed off into Ypres it was really 8am UK time. It was only a ten minute walk along the side of the moat up to the Menin Gate which leads through the old walls into the city. Unfortunately it started to drizzle which was disappointing. The Menin Gate memorial is a large arched structure that forms a tunnel & carries stone plaques with the names of more than...

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May 14, 2018 - North To The Flanders Fields

Day 8 - Monday 14th May The plan today was to bike to the three sites North of Arras but the weather made us think again. It threatened rain & a very cold wind was blowing from the North. Discretion, or being wimps, we changed our plans & gave the biking a miss especially as it would involve a number of steep hills. So after packing up we headed out of Arras & headed to the large French National cemetery at Norte Dame de Lorette about 8 miles away. This is the largest French war cemetery. 40,000 soldiers are buried here of which 22,000 are...

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Oct 6, 2016 - Ypres, Belgium

Day 26 – Thursday 6th October Mesen, Belgium – Dunkirk, France - 67miles, total to date =2,921miles Our first visit today was to the Irish tower on the outskirts of Mesen. The tower commemorates the combined Irish divisions from both Northern & Southern Ireland who fought together in this area in WW1. The tower was built from stone brought over from Ireland & is 34mtrs high & records that over 70,000 Irish soldiers died in the war. Next we went a couple of miles further to the Hyde Park Cemetery where we parked up & then walked about three...

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May 13, 2016 - Revisit to Ypres

After our crossing we had a day of just enjoying the local town of Niewpoort near the campground. We had used the campground several times on our travels as it serves as a good first stop and can easily take our ‘big bus’. As the weather was so good the next day we decided to revisit Ypres. We had only visited Ypres briefly at the end of a day exploring the Flanders battlefields of WWI on one of our earlier trips so felt that another visit was needed. The history of Ypres or Ieper goes back to the 10th century when it was founded at the...

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Oct 11, 2015 - Back in Amsterdam after visiting Ypres

Sunday, October 11th. We woke to a bright sunny but cool morning. Today was our last visit before taking the last leg: Amsterdam. Onward to Leper, (Ypres) Belgium in Flanders. This was the scene of tremendous battles during the 4 year WWI, where Britain and her Commonwealth Countries and the Belgium troops tried to repel the Germans. Many Canadians were killed here and a well know poem was penned by a Canadian doctor while sitting in the trenches; In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John MacCrae In Flanders fields, the poppies...

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Aug 22, 2015 - Day 2 guided tour

2nd day and first full day of sightseeing. Our trip started at the Menin Gate. followed up by a stop to Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, where Desnes great uncle George rests. A lovely place of peace where over 700 soldiers lay. the cemetery is beautifully kept behind a row of houses and looking out over farmland. The we carried on visiting Hill 62, Lone Tree crater (now The Peace Pool)Sanctury wood, Tynce cot cemetery. plus many other places. Pausing at a farm gate where a farmer had left a live shell for collection. Our guide was...

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Aug 21, 2015 - Day 1

Now we really get going. Early start through the tunnel. Its so easy, Arrived to the hotel and had lunch, then for a quick look round. The Menin gate, so many names of soldiers who were never found. onto the battlement cemetery, beautiful place overlooking thge old moat. Back to the gate for a special Last post,Really done so well. Right off to sleep, Guided tour tomorrow so need our shuteye.

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May 29, 2015 - Flanders Fields including Ypres!

It was a moving experience learning more about the battles in Flanders. Danny explained that the Belgium's opened the flood gates and flooded an entire section of Belgium stopping the German advance in the sector. The land was kept flooded for the entire war. The Belgium army patrolled that sector of the line. Ypres has an extraordinary museum staged in the cathedral. The whole of Ypres was flattened in WW1. Churchill suggested maintaining it as a memorial and not rebuilding but strangely enough, the residents wanted their city...

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Sep 13, 2014 - Towards the WW1 Battlefields

We could have a lay in this morning as breakfast does not finish until 10am on the weekends. John had already had a spa when I woke up and I then hopped in the bath and did same. Hopefully that will help the foot a little which is by now very painful. A day of driving today so hopefully it will recover a little. Checked out around 10am and progressed well on our route south towards Belgium until one of our turns was marked with a huge black duct tap cross through it and some yellow and black signs which we can now assume were detour signs....

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Jun 17, 2014 - Flanders Fields

Fabulous day, touring the Flanders region and its WWI history. Awesomely devastating that leaves you in no doubt at the waste and carnage that went on here. We caught our mini bus in Brugge and headed down the road for 30min. The salient around Ypres yields loads of unexploded shells, bodies, weapons etc still today. We went into a restored trench, which was quite disappointing, but the war graves at Passchendale (Tyne Cot) and Polygon Wood were breathtaking and very sad. We also went to a German cemetery. It has flat, black stones and for...

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May 23, 2014 - In Flanders Fields

May 23 For some reason, both Brenda and I had uneasy sleep and weren’t sure if it was the rich food or latent jetlag? After another great Frieda/Benno breakfast, we were picked up by a taxi taking us to our pre-booked Flanders Fields WWI bus Tour. The taxi dropped us just outside the medieval boundary of the city where we were met by our Quasimodo Tour guide/owner, Philippe. Our destination was Ieper (Flemish) or Ypres (French) and the British forces called it “Wipers”, about 75 km southwest of Bruges. There is a formal recognition of the...

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