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Day 2 - Saturday 6th September, 2014
We were up bright early for the 8.45am ferry crossing to Calais. Gilly, as usual did his usual 'slow motion' impression of loading up his bike, putting his helmet on and actually getting on the bike. Les and myself were already prepared and ready to get off. So we told Gilly that we were going up the road a couple of yards as we were on a slope and wanted to be on the flat.
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... no wonder the Germans respected us.
I knew this trip was not going to be all fun and frivolity .... perhaps I think a little to much about it but my mood definitely fit with the clouds overhead. Perhaps its the port I have in me whilst I spew forth me verbiage lol. Either way I recall being somber.... with a bathroom break...I was off to find me bike...and I tripped up on a pipe band....they just started to play next to the pub I was ...
... three hours inside the museum, we re-emerged into bright sunshine on the cobbled square outside the Cloth Hall and headed out of town. Our first destination was the Saint Juliaan memorial to the Canadian troops who perished during the first gas attack on Ypres in 1915. The Brooding Soldier monument watched over us and a few others who gazed up at him in the quiet afternoon. I don't view myself as ...
... impossible. After that we went for a city tour, which was on one of those buses, it was OK, they had it on a recording because everyone speaks different languages but all the headphones were broken. We still got to see a lot of things around the city. We had about an hour to walk around the Christmas market. I bought a mettle hippo to go in my collection. I became friends with three girls from Canada, Finland, and New Zealand/ Malaysia and so we went around together. most of ...
... it was quite scary to imagine being 15 feet underground when World War One is being fought above you and at any minute you could be gassed out by the enemy. From Zonnebeke we drove to Ieper (Ypres) where Menin gate stands (an enormous archway/tunnel at the entrance to the old town with all of the Commonwealth names of soldiers known only unto God written on the walls). It was very surreal to see just how many names were on it, also given that the names on the wall at Tyne Cot ...