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... 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 ...
... Most impactful for me were the video encounters with Belgian civilians, soldiers from both sides of the conflict, priests, nurses, and doctors who told their stories, then disappeared into the dark screen. I was riveted by their experiences: becoming refugees from their own country; enduring the horrors of gas attacks, struggling with the pain of losing friends, laboring to help the injured and the dying, ...
Poignant maybe......?? Our last 'thing' we did as we hopped into Belgium, just 45 minutes or so from Dunkirk.
The Belgian fire service play the last post at the Menin Gates every evening at 2000. Usually a short service and some well thought through words. Often visiting dignitaries........and tonight was the Mayor of Doncaster!!!!
All very moving. Surprise surprise!
... worse, that it had been towed away.
Stopped at a cafe for some breakfast and then went into the square to find the Flanders Museum. Cost us 9euro each, but we stayed there all morning. It was very good and worth it. Lots of visual displays and dioramas. Some of the vignettes even brought tears to my eyes.
Then had some lunch and went to the Menin gates again to see it in the daylight. Not so many people there so we were able to walk up ...
... from which angle you look including diagonal the lines will be straight.
We then proceeded to the Sanctuary Wood Museum with a stop 300m up the road at the brow of the hill where there is a monument to the Canadian soldiers who managed to wrestle this from the Germans. It is known as Hill 62 which apparently is the height. The museum holds a ragbag of shells, ...