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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.
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... booked for the next 4 years because of the 100 anniversary.....I got lucky I got what I got it would appear. No worries....typical European room...small and the bathroom is larger than the bedroom...seems consistent. My more immediate concern is ....where am I going today LOL
My first plan is to go see the In Flanders Museum in Ieper, that's easy....its the rest. So I had me typical European breakfast....with beans...whats up with that...English ...
... in Ypres, standing under the Menin Gate, where tens of thousands of troops marched out to battle. Many of them would never return, their whereabouts unknown. The gate is inscribed with the names of almost 55000 soldiers who went missing in action.. During the 1927 Menin Gate inauguration ceremony, Field Marshal Herbert Plumer offered this reassurance to the families whose sons, brothers, husbands and uncles ...
Thought first day would be a walk & look around town. So down to the great cloth hall & 'In Flanders Fields' museum which killed 3 hours before heading around to St. Michaels church. Kept on walking and the rain came down so back to the B&B for the umbrella and headed to find all the names on the Menin Gate and look in the shops.
Then back for the last post and food & beer, with a very nice night cap of a Belgium hot chocolate & rum...... Slept ...
... WW1. Canadians are well respected and any area where they were is well marked so. Many many school groups are touring too, they are quite respectful and attentive to their guides. We drove south into France. At 9pm we gotto the city of Arras for the night and ate at a local grill that is a chain. We were so tired that we settled for what is close by. We have a full day planned tomorrow do need the ...