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For being my Gateway, I must confess I don't know a great deal about the city itself. Given what I do, I should probably know a little bit more, but the way it's marketed, I think it's too often seen as just a gateway. Lille might be, and I'm sure is, a beautiful city in its own right that deserves our attention, but its proximity to the bigger things that market themselves as more worthy of our attention, e.g. Disneyland which even ...
... Fields museum and beautiful buildings. It is very pretty to walk on the old ramparts all around the city. At one of the city gates they hold a last post ceremony. They have held it every night at 8pm since ww1. When we were there they told the story of two brothers that died on the exact date 100 years ago. It was very moving and the echo of the last post off the memorial walls gave me ...
... finally to visit a Commonwealth cemetery, which was immaculate.
Leaving Ypres, we headed to the south to a restored trench system known as "Bayernwald". After racing to the local village to get tickets before closing we entered the site, and had a wander inside them to get a feel for how soldiers had to spend their time, including seeing some of the dugouts where soldiers would have slept.
... had not written today's date that we were travelling on our Euro ticket. I explained that on the last train from Amsterdam the conductor had written this on the ticket for us, and we thought that was what was supposed to happen. He repeated,"you should be shot", and handed our tickets back to us. Suzanne and I quickly grabbed a pen from her bag and I wrote the date and passed it back to him. He looked at it and then passed it back and then stamped our seat ...
... a tight space in windy conditions.
We had to go passed a pontoon jutting out with boats on and then go sideways along the pontoon to end up alongside another pontoon behind another boat. Life was made easier when a Dutch couple came out of their boat and took our lines.
We had a gin and tonic after today's weather with so much hailstones, sleet and thunder. If we hadn’t needed water, we would have stayed put.
4.45 John ...