De Groote Waere
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... that was only discovered recently. It was part of the Yorkshire offensive and is currently being restored. We then stopped at a place called Essex Farm. It is the exact location that John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields. It was in a series of bunkers that were used by the Canadian troops as a hospital. The bunkers have been restored along with a memorial cemetery. At Ypres itself there is a ...
... and off we drove to Diksmuide to visit the enormous Iser Tower, a brick structure of enormous height, built as a War Memorial to Flemish soldiers who died in the Great War. Apparently the original Flemish crosses on all the local war graves were replaced by a standard "Belgian" design, on the orders of the post-war 1920's Belgian government. Among other things, the replacement headstones had all their wording in French ("Mort de la Guerre" or whatever). This was ...
... direction. It looks like a promising area to walk more in, but, having had enough of walking, I head back to the hostel after a bit intending to relax and read my book. There's construction work outside my room's window and terrible thumping club music in the common room. I'm sorely disappointed. Part of the reason for allowing so many days in Bruges was to get a quiet break, but music is everywhere ranging from good to hilarious to torturous. ...
... hot mulled wine.. found a nice hot "white" to keep the chills away..
The temporary ice skating rink is something to see.. adorned with massive led bright white light trees and plenty of skaters showing their prowess or ability to stay upright..
The local restaurants have their fires burning.. literally..inside, whilst outside they too have created a winter wonderland...All so picture perfect..
The . ...
... ride it, as for us, it is only a walk in the park !!!
Car, train, arrive in Calais, the weather was ****, it was hailing/sleeting, it was cold, so we drove on up to Ieper, parked the car, built the bikes and found a cafe as the weather was ****.
One coffee later, we hit the road as the sun was trying to shine through !!! We followed a route from an old book that we bought in 1998 called the Flanders Field, and got lost straight away ...