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Travel Blogs from Ypres
... suites includes a Gothic house from the 13th century.
How to arrive?
From Schiedam to Tournai is about 242km and it takes 2h and 20 minutes approximately by car.
Renting a car and driving to there seems the cheapest way, but drive carefully (in Belgium) as many of the drivers won't use any turn signals and just cut-cross in front of you and in some places (not everywhere in Belgium) the ...
... and the memorial to Churchill followed by a drive by of the Pluegsteert Forrest creator. Although John explained the mine that caused the creator and the subsequent damage I wasn't to fully appreciate mine creators until much later in the tour. Our next stop was Hyde Park Memorial and we saw our first war graves and cemetery. The first thing that stuck me was how pretty and peaceful it was, a real juxtaposition to what went down at that spot that caused ...
... 60 Memorial we headed to Iper but it was not all plain sailing as Judy's GPS is like mine has a mind of its own, so we ended up driving in a circle and got on the right road
Finally after passing many War cemeteries we finally made it to the town of Iper found a free car parking spot and walked into town it was not very far and a lovely stroll the one thing we have noticed is a lot of towns have cobbled roads and are a pain in the butt.
We came out into ...
... The Ramparts, impervious to shell fire, accommodated resting units, dressing stations and army headquarters including the Australian Third Division in 1917.
Next was the nearby beautiful Ramparts Cemetery, whose grounds run down to the edge of the moat.
You then cross over the Lille Gate, the southern exit to Ypres and its infamous Shrapnel Corner, which was always subject to German shelling.
... one act set off a whole series of actions that ended in the first global war. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on 28 July 1914. Russia, bound by treaty to Serbia, mobilised its army in her defence. Germany, bound by treaty to Austria-Hungary declared war on Russia on 1 August. France, bound by treaty to Russia, found itself at war against Germany. Belgium declared itself neutral.
What happened next was ...