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From beautiful Brugge we drove south west to Ypres. Along the way we stopped at some of the war memorials to the fallen soldiers. All this area is part of Flanders. We stopped at the Tyne Cot cemetery. It is the biggest commonwealth memorial. It was quite surreal looking at the walls knowing every name on the wall represents a soldier whose body was never found or identified.
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Ostend, Belguim was a quick 2 night stopover on our way to Amsterdam.
It had a huge beach and a large esplanade with some cool orange art features.
It was empty of people and would be one of those places that come alive in summer.
We did a day trip to the nearby gorgeous city of Bruges.
This is a cool city centred around a couple of big plazas, lots of canals and pretty photo
... We donned our miners hats and descended 20m in a lift, and went on a guided tour and projected film in various aspects of the construction of, living in and the battle of Arras. The quarry was named Wellington by the New Zealanders. Written on the walls remains directional signage, but also Wellington, Auckland and Nelson. It was special to pay tribute to our New Zealanders efforts in WWI. A quick stop to fill the car...mmn what is French for diesel? After a bit of ...
... a cool restaurant on teh square and simply said bring me something Belgium...got me some awesome beer and Flemish stew....and fries....I see a trend...everything comes with fries...and no ketchup. OMG the stew was amazing.......as I was chowin down...a band struckup a tune and started marching around the place...they were pretty good....quite the crowd formed and they just kept playng....such classics as "long way to Tipperary" probably spelt that ...
... signs were slightly different and so was the road. It was weird. Yesterday we went for a walk around by ourselves after lunch. We went as a group for dinner after the wander and relaxed before bed. Today we are going to Bruges for free time, shopping and sight seeing ...