Hotel Premiere Classe Lille Nord
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... McCrae, Medical Officer, Canadian Artillery. Sadly John died of illness in late January 1918z The bunker where it is believed he may have written the poem is preserved near the memorial. While walking through the Commonwealth cemetery nearby (you are never far from one here) Greg found a headstone where a lot of crosses and some teddy bears had been placed. Then he saw why, the soldier buried there was 15 years old when killed. One of the many who had lied about his age. ...
Belgium is a favourite so far! The town is beautiful - feels like we're in a storybook. Poppies are everywhere. There is evidence all over town of John McCrae's poem. Today we had a few hours of free time so Josh and I took in the Flander's Field Museum and sought out some Belgian chocolate - so good! The museum was fantastic - provided the stories of many nations and individuals involved in the war effort. ...
... specials at the den Amand Bistro on Sint-Amandsstraat were all asparagus-based: it’s asparagus season in the low countries. I chose the asparagus with smoked salmon and butter (we would call it Hollandaise) sauce. So beautiful! I’ve never had white asparagus before, but it was delicious: milder flavour and more tender than green asparagus, and perfectly cooked. It was perfect with the smoked salmon and butter sauce. And a ...
... in the comfortable weather. Only one more landmark left, we ventured to the next stop on the way to the train station. St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church. It was open for visitors after 2pm so we walked in and observed the large stained glass windows and wooden sculptures. this is just a warm up for the large castles and churches we will be seeing in Germany. Ready to return to Brugge, we headed for the train station. On the way, there was a local ...
... Museum, the Tyne Cot Cemetery and the Menin Gate.
One of the most moving experiences was watching six musicians, each with a bugle, play the ‘Last Post’ at the Menin Gate. The Belgium people put on this small ceremony at 8.00pm every evening. The road through the centre of the memorial is closed off, and a hymn is sung. The bugle players are dressed in uniform, and army representatives lay a wreath.
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