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Our last day travelling to Calais. Frosty again. We set off towards the motorway, We plan to blast along it to be there by lunch time. Not long after we left the canal side we saw signs for Nouvion!! Allo Allo fans will know that is the fictitious town where Rene's cafe is! What a surprise! As we passed through Nouvion we could see it was nothing like the TV set, what a disappointment. The motorway wasn't too busy and the whole journey was on the flat, not a hill in sight ...
... something of the spirit which we imagine might have been felt by others in their dire circumstances a hundred years ago. After a spot of lunch in the van, we drove a short way south out of Poperinge to the site of what was the largest "Evacuation Hospital" in the Ypres Salient. This was at Lijssenthoek. Its functions and size grew as the war worsened. In the end it was a town of huts and tented accommodation at a railway transfer site. Wounded came in from ...
... night in a barn along the way, where the family left their bicycles and continued the next day by foot. Boris then tells the remarkable story of his father, Mechel, returning to this barn in 1948 to find the bicycles in relatively good condition. The wheels had been worn out and the farmer apologized saying his family had needed to use the bikes during the War and that he would pay for new wheels. ...
... drunk men in drag are parading the streets alongside small children in decorated strollers and old ladies drinking beer? I proceeded to ask various French people the meaning of this intriguing event, but as I was also partaking in the festivities, my ability to speak and understand French was becoming rather limited. Needless to say, I really cannot tell you exactly why I went to a random city in Northern France and partied with ...
... memorial to remember the soldiers. Daisy and I went iceskating by the Christmas markets. It was nice to celebrate Christmas tree with snow and a real Christmas tree. But still missed the sun the beach and everyone back home very much!
But the food is great in Belgium, typical breakfast = cecemel (chocolate milk), chocolate spread on bread and chocolate and Belgium chocolate of course. lethal but satisfying.
We took a train one day to the beautiful city of Brugge ...