Le Jardin d'Alix
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From beautiful Brugge we drove south west to Ypres. Along the way we stopped at some of the war memorials to the fallen soldiers. All this area is part of Flanders. We stopped at the Tyne Cot cemetery. It is the biggest commonwealth memorial. It was quite surreal looking at the walls knowing every name on the wall represents a soldier whose body was never found or identified.
Next we stopped at ...
... this perfect job, was having to translate those exaggerated scary stories that the guides tell around the campfire in the evening. I don't understand why they want to scare the guests and I just think that those stories are ridiculous.
- I totally got used to the fact that during the safaris, I never got completely clean. If I did have the time to take a shower, which is never sure cause the translator goes after the guests, it never lasted very long, my hands ...
A wet, windy and cool day to visit Tyne Cot cemetery, Ypres and the Vimy Ridge memorial. Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth War cemetery with over 12,000 soldiers from the Great War buried there. The cemetery is in the village of Passchendaele. We started there this morning with the rain and the rain kept following us. After Tyne Cot, we went into Ypres for a visit at the Menin ...
... NN's name. John, Carol and Richard gave us a moment to pay our respects to Private Norman Crosbie Nicoll on behalf of my Great Uncle Ian. NN is listed at Memin gate because his body was never identified. All those that were lost in Belgium but never found or identified are honoured at Menin gate. Back on the bus (David up the front as co driver, when not sleeping, the girls in the middle and Richard up the back) we headed to Passchendaele. Another ...
Then we had about an hour to explore Arras for ourselves and the chance to view the Unesco classified main square. We then met up again to leave Arras and head towards Belgium. On the way we stopped at Vimy Ridge, another beautifully manicured and impressive memorial due to the work of the Canadian government, situated on a ridge overlooking the slag heaps of the coal mining area.
Once done there we had lunch at ...