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So we are sitting on a train to Munich (via Frankfurt) as we begin to make our way down to Croatia. Which gives me some time to tap away at the keyboard and reflect on the past few days since we left Paris.
From Paris we went to Brugge - a beautiful little place in Belgium that has elements of a fairytale. Perhaps more normal if you live in Europe, but for us the cobblestones ...
Our visit to Tyne Cot was a sobering moment. So many graves, many simply marked 'British Soldier' or 'German Officer'. The cemetery is immaculate, with thousands of flowers growing between the graves. My grandfather was gassed in this war. What a ...
... Memorial at St Juliaan and on to the village of Langemark, where there is a rather bleak, black-walled, German Cemetery containing the mass grave of 25000 (twenty five thousand) men, of whom 8000 are unidentified and many other single graves. More than 44 000 men are buried here. We turned off busy roads and had a picnic in the van to the south of Poelkappelle village. When the sun came out later, we realised that the white ...
... of headstones and so many of them
unknown. The sheer magnitude of so many young people who gave the
ultimate sacrifice for future generations freedom and this is just one
of many cemeteries. The walls at the back were covered in row after row
of names of missing men. This was a very quiet solemn experience, but I
glad I got to see it.
We then headed back to the bus stop, we
had a thirty minute wait for the bus, in the freezing cold. ...
... yet I wanted to pay my respects. It is a monument, not a grave site per se, yet in that sad, desolate place, I felt compelled to take off my hat and observe a short period of silence. The Brits and our Belgian tour guide seemed to understand, and asked if I'd like to stay for a minute. I stood in front of the monument, head bowed and thought about all those who had to live in this horror for 4 years. The cold in Belgium seems to be a special kind of cold, ...