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You can't control the weather. I knew today was supposed to have showers thru out the day – but there’s nothing you can do about it. Optimism….it can’t rain all day…..can it?
Today’s destination……In Flanders Fields.
I embarked on a journey thru the battlefields of WWI. I was really looking forward to this excursion and it did not disappoint. It’s so hard to describe what I saw today ...
... past the row of headstones on my way back to the bus, something told me to look at the last one in the line.
At this moment the sun came through the branches and cast a gorgeous orange light over this single headstone.
20 years old.
And written at the bottom...''it is as if the sun has gone out''.
No lie, I crouched infront of that grave, whispered I'm sorry' and let out a sob.
That is simply not fair.
We'd been advised to arrive at Menin Gate well before the 8pm playing of the Last Post. After walking through the town, chose a pub close by to wait out of the wind before joining the hundreds who seemed to have appeared from nowhere. As part of the 100 year rememberances, british schools were allowed to send two representatives to lay a wreath at Menin Gate. Those laying wreaths were ...
Standing at the Menin Gate last night with possibly 500 other people we watched the very solemn ceremony that has been held there every evening (rain, hail or shine) since 1928. The observance of this did cease during German occupation of WW2 but recommenced the very first evening of liberation.
... on for 15.50. Eventually through and we dithered as to which turn we needed and meanwhile a big barge went by and showed us where the lock was BUT they moored up and did not allow any room for us. We had to wait for it to fill and empty again, waiting alongside a Sea France ferry of some sort as there was nowhere to tie up, which took around 30 minutes. When we were in we were sure there would have room for us both. Both the locks do not ...