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In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
So begins In Flanders Fields, a WWI poem by John McCrae. Poppies are the first flowers to bloom in a desolate battlefield once the dust clears, and today they bloom again in the far-western corner of Belgium to which we travelled next, the Flanders battlefields of World War One. We stayed in Ypres (EE-preh), site of the most intense fighting ...
Today was a very productive day of sightseeing in Brugge. This morning we woke up, got ready and were greeted in the dining room by Marie Rose. A table was prepared for us next to the back patio. The other two guests in this house were eating at the other table. They are Asian, not sure if they are from the U.S. or somewhere else, but they speak pretty good English. After a breakfast of tea, eggs and bread we grabbed our daypacks and headed into town. ...
... tour were the areas where the brewing happened before the recent automation, which is now a museum devoted to beer. The brewery used to require 60 workers before the automation was installed. Now it only needs 4 workers. The same family has been operating the brewery for six generations, and using the same recipe for their Bruges Zot (6% and 7.5% alcohol content) and the heavy duty Straffe Hendrik (9%). The tour admission ticket also got us one ...
... existed since at least the 1st century CE, as history records it being raided by the Romans. It grew in size and importance and became a textile center in the 13-16th centuries, during which time the towering Cloth Hall was built.
And then World War I happened. Ieper stood directly in the path of the Schlieffen Plan, Germany's strategy for winning the war. Once this plan had failed, the city stood between the Germans ...
I'm up early again this morning for another tour with Andre. This time there's going to be a whole bunch of folks, including some people from Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The sky was clear and blue, but it was very windy and cold.
The first stop of the day was Essex Farm Cemetery. This location is most famous for being where Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote 'In Flanders Fields'. ...
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