Travel Blogs from Ypres, Belgium

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Ooh, cold rain...with wind!, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Ooh, cold rain...with wind!

A travel blog entry by jonmatters

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Only a 22 mile ride into Lille, France from Ypres, Belgium, but that was quite the miserable, cold, wet, windy ride. I found out that Gore-Tex is not completely waterproof, especially my gore-tex gloves :( Absolutely freezing by the time I found a hotel ...

In Flanders Fields, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

In Flanders Fields

A travel blog entry by zento

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... times, hence its heavy fortification. But this time around, there was nothing that could be done against German shelling.  Belgium had sustained her neutrality during the war, but the unjust German invasion of her lands was what brought the British ...

The Flanders, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

The Flanders

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... being uncovered. A nice touch are the two German headstones in the centre. They arrived as enemies, left as friends. Lunch When in Belgium, two comments are true. It rains alot and there is always a smell of cow shit (except at Tyne Cot, because of ...

Visiting the past, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Visiting the past

A travel blog entry by scootergal

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... nicked them after the war and took them back to Australia. They put them outside the War Memorial in Canberra and in 1936, Belgium very graciously, decided to allow us to keep them. The gate was built in 1927 to commemorate all those who had died but ...

Some Battlefields, Ypers, Belgium travel blog

Some Battlefields

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... And then around the corner, we came across Tyne Cot Cemetery. After Menin Gate, this is the largest monument to the fallen in Belgium. There is a huge section for New Zealanders, and there are also two old bunkers. In the centre of the Cemetery, there is ...

Beers with Jono., Brussels, Ghent, Brugges, Ypres, Dinant, Belgium travel blog

Beers with Jono.

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... . We had to leave before 8pm. Pity, as they close the rode every night and play the last post. We had one more night, in Belgium, then we jumped on a ferry and made our way back to England. We had been on the road for four months 2 days. It was quite ...

A Place Of Rememberance, Ieper, Belgium travel blog

A Place Of Rememberance

A travel blog entry by fourloves

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Each site has its important story to tell, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Each site has its important story to tell

A travel blog entry by goweregypt

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... down into the wood, past the small Mud Corner Cemetery and to Toronto Ave Cemetery which is the only all Australian cemetery in Belgium. Even though there hasn't been rain here for at least two weeks, it was very boggy in parts which made us realise how ...

Our own Trench experience & Hill 60, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Our own Trench experience & Hill 60

A travel blog entry by goweregypt

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Sunny with some cloud, 21°C and very pleasant. Left after another yummy breakfast and armed with our lunch bag at about 9:15. We filled the car with petrol (diesel). It is a great car, small like all the cars over here & it needs to be to be able to ...

Menin Gates, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Menin Gates

A travel blog entry by crocag8or

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... it is hard to comprehend. At the back of the memorial is a brass plaque which describes the Aussie soldier in battle and the bonds with Belgium that were forged in war. We are so glad we finally made it there, we both have such strong reactions to the ...

Remembering WW-I history....., Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Remembering WW-I history.....

A travel blog entry by eagle10

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... . 3 - Saturday The group had to be up and organized early this morning, as we'd be visiting some of the historic WW-I battlefields near Ypres and Passchendaele. An early breakfast was arranged for 07:00 and the Bus would be leaving at 07:50, in order to ...

entry to europe and war memorials, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

entry to europe and war memorials

A travel blog entry by laine

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... of Dover (I am sure there is a song about it). Once on the main land we headed to our first stop being Ypres in the south of Belgium.  After having made it into our third country for the day we were feeling pretty good....then we had to find ...

Learnings on the bike, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Learnings on the bike

A travel blog entry by cycling_azza

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... visited the war museum and the beach, I was fairly happy to get back on the bike the next morning. 2 stars. Day 3 to Ypres (aka Ieper). I only realised on day 3 that the place I'd been telling everyone that was Leper, was actually spelt with a ...

Lest we forget....., Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Lest we forget.....

A travel blog entry by roamingfree

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... a large loss of life there....what I didn't realise is that by far the majority of Anzacs died right here in the Ypres region in Belgium (Flanders) - 45,000 Australians and over 12,000 New Zealanders.  They are all remembered in the Tyne Cot cemetery ...

The Menin Gate and the Ypres Area, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

The Menin Gate and the Ypres Area

A travel blog entry by vanruym.133

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The Menin Gate is a monument in YpresBelgium. It bears the names of more than 55,000 soldiers of the Commonwealth who lost their lives in the Ypres area during WW1. These are the names of soldiers who have no known resting place. This monument is very ...

Ypres and WWI Memorials, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Ypres and WWI Memorials

A travel blog entry by megs-anoop

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... been mentioned on the info panel outside.  From the memorial, it was only about an hour to drive to Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium. In the Flanders region of Belgium, Flemish is spoken and is similar to Dutch, neither of which we understand. Fortunately, ...

Flanders Fields, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Flanders Fields

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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Novotel Hotel Ypres - 77 euros per night - booked over the web - no breakfast (cheaper to go to the boulangerie across the road) - clean - own bathroom - courteous staff - part of the Accor chain - great location, just off the main ...

Notre Dame de Lorette and Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Notre Dame de Lorette and Vimy Ridge

A travel blog entry by vanruym.133

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The first stop of the day was at a cemetery for the French. It is without a doubt the largest cemetery I have ever seen. In the centre of it is a large church (Basilica?) called Notre Dame de Lorette. I believe there are 22,000 French soldiers buried ...

Back to London via Ypres and Calais, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Back to London via Ypres and Calais

A travel blog entry by marksadventures

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... , but I love looking through all the old, well built and presented buildings!). On the way back to Calais, we went via Ypres, a city which was completely demolished during World War 1. The two main buildings in the centre of the city both sustained huge ...

Bullecourt, Vimy, Fromelles, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Bullecourt, Vimy, Fromelles

A travel blog entry by goweregypt

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... for tea of Scallops St Jacques for Greg, salad with grilled king prawns for R & a bowl of frites (French Fries) with Belgium's own special mayonnaise. As we were walking to dinner we saw two lots of SACS kids. They were so stunned to see Greg here ...

Final day 'In Flanders' Fields', Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Final day 'In Flanders' Fields'

A travel blog entry by goweregypt

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... the thousands of soldiers carved in the wooden panelling and the other has a wooden map showing locations of German cemeteries in Belgium, France & Germany. Greg chatted with a teacher of the Belgian school group who suggested we also go to Vladslo to ...

Passendale and Ypres (Leper), Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Passendale and Ypres (Leper)

A travel blog entry by elspeth

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Flanders Fields, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Flanders Fields

A travel blog entry by mish_brendan

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... fill our stomachs and went in search of a restaurant to eat dinner.  We found a nice place that served a variety of Belgium dishes.  After dinner we made our way slowly back to our hostel, taking in the beauty and tranquillity of Bruges by ...

Pleased to be patriotic, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Pleased to be patriotic

A travel blog entry by mauza

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... .. having only begun my training yesterday I wasn't quite up to the challenge so decided on another one...   Had realised that Ypres Flanders was only 1 hour 40 minutes away..my Great gran .. who I knew and adored, had a brother who went away to WW1 ...

In Flanders Field Museum, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

In Flanders Field Museum

A travel blog entry by 613flavah

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... knew bits and pieces of it.  The story goes that in the second week of fighting during the Second Battle of Ypres a Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2 May, 1915 by a German artillery shell. He was a ...

When The War Is Over, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

When The War Is Over

A travel blog entry by wells2008

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... Tonight is our last in Belgium as tomorrow we head back into France for the remainder of our trip. I have really enjoyed Belgium, especially the quaint little towns we have discovered. My previous experience of Belgium had been a short visit to Brussels ...

Dunkirk to Ypers Belgium, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Dunkirk to Ypers Belgium

A travel blog entry by dancejill

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... their lives in May June of 1940. Country number 22, Belgian! We are now heading off to the town of Ieper, Ypres or Leper in Belgium, all spelt these various ways depending on which map or piece of information you are using.  The town has amazing ...

Crossing over to.....Belgium? (B), Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Crossing over to.....Belgium? (B)

A travel blog entry by brionyanddan

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... course. We were no longer on our way to Lille (most likely the home of shoes and French pastries) but we were on our way to Ypres (home of WW1). Hmmmm. Ypres was a lovely small town. We parked up for a look around and some much needed icecream – it ...

More WWI, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

More WWI

A travel blog entry by scootergal

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... but each have been promising the other to visit the respective countries... yeah one day. Guy was a fount of all knowledge about the history and the current social situation in Belgium. We had a great long chat over dinner comparing customs and politics. ...

Feline Fever, Ypres, Belgium travel blog

Feline Fever

A travel blog entry by scootergal

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... itself was razed to the ground and two of the Smythe Great Uncles won Military Crosses here. After the war the town planners rebuilt Ypres from the original gothic plans and when I first came here 6 years ago, I didn't believe that everything I saw was ...

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