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Travel Blogs from Ypres
... told us it. We then drove through France to get the ferry back to England. Once there it was back on another bus to get through to London to the hostel where it first started for the people who had been on the full 29day tour. Sarah and Ben, this awesome couple that actually got engaged in Switzerland during the tour, had decided they would stay in a hotel that night and couldn't get their money back from the hostel so I ended up taking ...
... David said "Gee Tash, I hope they're not tossers". I'm delighted to report that Carol and Richard were not tossers and are likely to be lifelong friends, they were great and we had a few adventures together. ... (the type of which others are unlikely to ever find as funny and extraordinary as we did at the time). All on board the bus, John explained a few things and we were on our way... with no clue as to what we were about to see.... Our first stop ...
... where the famous movie was made in real life this is where
both British and Australian Tunnellers tunnelled under the German lines
and plated a huge amount of explosive that when it was detonated it blew
the whole hill away killing thousands of Germans an for no avail as no
sooner had the British taken it then the Germans regained the hill or
what was left of it
So far the trip has been great weather wise has been awesome so once we ...
... s as a memorial and to serve British pilgrims as they headed to the battlefields in search of family members.
It is filled with brass memorials to divisions, regiments and battalions that fought in the Ypres Salient including many Australian and New Zealand ones.
Next was the Ypres Prison and a bit further on the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery; the Commonwealth War Graves office; Railway Square and the ...
... I did.
Having got this gripe out of the way, I feel privileged to have visited Ypres, as it is in this region that most of our boys fell. I have learnt heaps in the last few days about the Great War, 1914 - 1918, stuff I never knew.
Do you know this whole war started because some Nationalist party in Serbia assassinated the Austria-Hungary heir to the throne, fella by the name of Ferdinand in June ...