Hotel de la Paix
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Pets allowed
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No matter where you drive, you always see wind turbines. Sometimes a few, sometimes fields or rows of them. As we drive towards these scattered locations, notice the fields have drying corn, others sprouts of green or some obscure green crop. Piled ready for collection are gigantic heaps of sugar beet and potatoes, enormous haystacks, even though there's limited livestock seen, and farmers busy ploughing, cutting, gathering.
... little remained but rubble. And the dead.
A really chilly day with a noticeable breeze, so into a local cafe for what turned out to be an excellent lunch. Tomato soup that was divine and then an incredible pesto pasta.
To Menenpoort/Menin Gate, a memorial arch built by the British Government to honour all those (Empire soldiers) who lost their lives in and around Ypres, but have ...
... Victor was buried there. He took us in his car - what a lovely man. Victor died from wounds on Christmas Day 1917 aged only 24. Underhill Farm was a nursing station and the small cemetery contains men who had been brought their with wounds and sadly died. It was very moving to see his grave.
We then returned to Iepa for dinner and to hear the last Post. Peter recommended Flemish stew - we had that and it was so delish! Of course everything in Belgium comes with Pomfrittes! ...
... and was sent to England to recover, but at least he survived.
We signed the visitor register and climbed the tower that watches over the names of 11,000 young Australians who were killed, and whose burial place is unknown. There were poppies, Australian flags, and photos of family members left in memory of lost loved ones.
After this we walked back to the outskirts of town and found the memorial marker that marks the extent of the ...
So today we decided to take a train Journey into Lille. We have decide we won't blog everyday but as we got into Lille around lunch time, sat in the town square and ate in the sunshine I decided I was in a great mood and today would be the day for me (Thomas) to write my first entry.
I’ll try and give a quick overview of yesterday aswell as today. Simone has probably told you in the ...