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Travel Blogs from Ypres
After dropping the bikes off and having a quick feed, we went and saw Luc Vanlaere . He is a famous musician who plays all of his own compositions on a variety of harps (orchestral, classical, meditation one, one with 240 strings he had crafted… and some others!). All hand made, no electronics or synthetic sounds. What a character! It was free entry, with donations welcomed. ...
... videotaped the ceremony thank goodness! I will share with you later. The Menin Gate - is a memorial to all British and commonwealth soldiers (except New Zealand and Newfoundland) that have no known grave - over 55,000!!! The ceremony has taken place every evening at 8pm since 1927 - except during German occupation during WWII. It was standing room only at the ceremony this evening Looong day - looking forward to bed ...
... his calling card in front of me, and engage me in conversation.
Nowell was introduced and immediately took to the role took on the role of my protective Big Daddy, and sanity was restored, although the general tittering continued for some time.
I do like to provide amusement where possible.
It seems that this Belgian Beer is stronger stuff than one might imagine and has a marked effect on the eyesight.
... sights of the dead,
the wounded, the maimed, and a terrible anxiety lest the line should
give way." The feeling cannot be adequately described. I was in saddened awe.
The weather was starting to turn, so we returned to our van and drove further on, to Carrefour des Roses, which marks the place where the Germans first used chlorine gas. The gas was originally invented by a Jewish-German chemist, whose wife killed herself after WWI because ...
... and nurses from shells and fire. These were gradually added to and made more and more solid, ending up being of concrete. There is a memorial to him there with a plaque inscribed with the poem in his own handwriting.
From here it was to Langemark German Cemetery - a totally different experience. The German cemeteries are made to blend in with the natural surroundings. Here there were low grassed walls, oak trees and the feeling the soldiers are buried in ...