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From beautiful Brugge we drove south west to Ypres. Along the way we stopped at some of the war memorials to the fallen soldiers. All this area is part of Flanders. We stopped at the Tyne Cot cemetery. It is the biggest commonwealth memorial. It was quite surreal looking at the walls knowing every name on the wall represents a soldier whose body was never found or identified.
Next we stopped at ...
... memorial to Flemish soldiers but also a statement of Flemish desires for some degree of independence from Brussels. The annual Flemish pilgrimages to Diksmuide, which started in the 1920's, became contaminated with right-wing, we-hate-all-people-who-are-not-us, groups (it's happening now in the UK, isn't it?). The unwanted association of the tower with extremists led to its demolition by explosion by the opposite extremists in the 1970's. A few years later, it was replaced by ...
... to the chimes from outside which is pretty nice. Nothing much open in the evening in Bruges (I'd heard about it, but still odd to walk around in). Alarmingly two different hostel computers don't see any photo files on my camera card, though the camera still thinks they're there. Apart from a bit of additional worry, this means I can't upload any of the proper photos to the blog. So hopefully I'll eventually be able to share my views of Heidelberg and ...
... just a few minutes from the apartment and got these huge sandwiches made on freshly baked bread. There was ham, emmantel cheese, mayo, tomato, lettuce and boiled eggs in the sandwich. It may not sound like much, but when the ingredients are all freshly made and put together, add beautiful baguette style bread and you have one beautiful sandwich. I can't get over how good the food is in Belgium, I know I keep writing about it, but honestly.... The food ...
... sent us back to town, so we grabbed the car, found our hotel, and settled down with some Flemish stew, frites and Belgium beer !!!
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After breakfast, we hauled our asses over to Duksmuide. We had never been there, but once in the town square, it was your typical Flemish square, so it felt similar to others that we had seen and it felt good.
A quick bit of history.
The Commonwealth nations didn't really ...
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