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Travel Blogs from Ypres
... shrapnel in a farmers field next to hill. After touring the museum we had dinner in a fantastic Belgian restaurant - I had a Flemish stew that was amazing and Josh had steak and oysters. We finished out the day taking in the ceremony at Menin Gate. Josh and the SFDCI students had an opportunity to take part in the ceremony. The students laid a wreath in honour of the fallen. Unfortunately, I couldn't see a ...
... t want to admire the architecture, paintings and stained glass windows. Onward to the Cathedral, calling in at the Tourist Office on the way to pick up some leaflets and then the Menin Gate which was the main reason for visiting Ypres. It was very impressive and also a bit emotional seeing all the names engraved on the walls of soldiers who died in Belgium during World War 1. Back down in the town we found a café so sat out with cold drinks for a while and watched the world go ...
... A very handsome Australian read the Exhortation ;
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
Googling afterwards revealed him to be Ben Roberts-Smith, a very gorgeous and highly decorated former Australian SAS soldier who has been awarded the Victoria Cross.
We dashed ...
... tranquil "Long Edwardian Summer" to a spectacular and crashing halt have been severed. What I bargained on was an interesting history lesson, not a weekend that would see me sniffing back tears under the Menin Gate (but then again, my previous travels have turned me into the girl who will cry at the drop of a hat).
Ieper is a pretty little town, ancient in appearance, but perhaps that is the world's biggest lie. The town - to the Germans, a ...
... them which is always a bonus. Also, here in Ypres (or Ieper in Belgian) we have felt very 'homesick' for Holland as this is so much like it and they speak a form of Dutch (but of course very good English too!!): the terrace houses with the gabled roofs, the bike paths and bicycles everywhere, the cobble-stoned street, the flat land, crop growing farms, typical farm houses and wind farms.
Back to France tomorrow and remembering our 'Bonjours' and 'Au revoirs'!!!