Auberge de la Foret
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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.
Next we stopped at ...
... screaming, shouting, driving on the 'wrong' side of the road, and getting clothing caught in the thing!
The last thing before heading home was a 'lovely' French meal, where we were reacquainted with the stinky cheese of 6 months ago. All I can say is that the food wasn't great.....
... to Commonwealth soldiers without graves during the First World War.
Whilst there, and going up the stairs to the elevated gardens we found Tony Robinson from Time Team doing filming for a TV show! So we stayed around for a while to watch him fluff his lines before heading back down for a photo shot of us by the arch, before heading back round the City Moat, and back into the centre for ...
... his calling card in front of me, and engage me in conversation.
Nowell was introduced and immediately took to the role took on the role of my protective Big Daddy, and sanity was restored, although the general tittering continued for some time.
I do like to provide amusement where possible.
It seems that this Belgian Beer is stronger stuff than one might imagine and has a marked effect on the eyesight.
... at the cemetery however it was a different story. This is the biggest cemetery on the old Western front with over 25000 graves of allied soldiers including around four thousand Australians.
As with all the other places the one thing that really got to Paul and brought a tear to his eye was the headstone that simply read- "An Australian ...