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Travel Blogs from Ypres
I managed to fit in a quick day trip to Lens to see the Louvre outpost there and also connect with a doctoral student I met last summer. We met there, went to the Louvre, had lunch, and then walked to the top of one of "les terrils" and drank some champagne. It was a lovely day all around. I am fond of coal mining towns because of my own geneology. The town has preserved these large coal mountains as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the coal miners.
... cleaner. After a
while the guy came through to check the tickets, I handed them over, but
accidently gave him yesterdays tickets to Bruges, after we sorted that
out he also pointed out that we were also in first class… Whoops we had
given ourselves a free upgrade. As there was no one else in there he
said we could stay. Eventually we caught the right connection and were
on the correct train and were once again headed for Tyne Cott, ...
We woke up early again and packed up all of our things. Some people had early trains and had to leave as soon as we woke up, I had until about 3. We all walked into town and took a bunch of pictures together. After that we decided we should try to stay in one group. Some people had found a British tea shop where they spoke English the day before so we went there. I bought a cheese cake, it was the strangest cheese cake I have ever eaten it had ...
... of my "everyday" life that I no longer think about it. I no longer think about what it means, what it stands for, what McCrae was experiencing while writing it.
All that changed yesterday.
I had arranged to go on a tour with Flanders Battlefield Tours (great company by the way; highly recommend them), and met the small bus and 7 other visitors underneath the Menin Gate just before 1 pm. Our guide, Andre, a retired military officer who ...
... and ended up at the Menin Gate memorial. What a spectacular memorial this is. Each night at 8pm, the local Last Post Association and Fire Brigade conduct a short Last Post ceremony, which includes the Ode and laying of wreaths. It only takes 10 or 15 minutes depending on how many people are there, and it is very moving. They've conducted it every night at 8pm since 1928.
The walls of Menin Gate are inscribed with the names of 56, 000 ...