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... much in the weeks that I was in Belgium. Taking some weeks off from traveling and getting some much needed R&R was exactly what I needed 7 months into my trip. Belgium was the base for my other side trips to the Netherlands and Denmark.
... to getting view of the countryside. From the top its easy to see why the town was strategically important. It commands such great views over the rest of the Western front and hence it was so heavily fought over. Sorry, I will upload the photos in another post!
The tower itself was built after WWI and but before WWII and during the second world war the memorial was badly damaged and bears significant bullet marks as a result. ...
... it looked like a cemetery; rows of white crosses. Belgium is rural yet very heavily populated. There are many villages and small to medium sized towns so close together than they are almost linked by ribbon development along the network of roads. From the artificial harbours where we crossed the coast the canals are evident srtiking out across country. We are sitting in a canal in the industrial part of Brussels. It is large enough for two sets of ...
... always being used. Even the roundabouts have cycle lanes so you have to be careful to give way to the cyclists as well as the normal traffic. We don’t have any bikes and we did eat our annual 12 kg allocation of Belgian chocolate in about 8 days so we might get fat whilst we are here.
Our next stop was Ieper. It is also known as Ypres and its claim to fame is its significance as a World War 1 battlefield. There are an ...
... turned to hills.
Even with a map and GPS it remains dificult to navigate into and out of large towns and cities. This day was no exception and as I rode into the outskirts of Brussels I missed a junction and the GPS went crazy and steered me straight into the heart of the city centre, on a Saturday! The place was bedlam, with weekend shoppers joined by throngs of people attending a massive carnival and rock concert in front of city hall. Roads were ...