Ibis Budget Dunkerque Grande Synthe
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... that it was time to get back to me hotel....off I went...least it was eeasy to unpack.
Headed for the bar....and had it to meself.....totally as no one was there. Then Tim showed up....he was the bartender/manager .... a fellow biker who 4 years ealier had a slide and like me has titanium bits. Well he poured me some free beers....Lech I think it was called omg good.......and apparently expensive....thought that was cool he was buying me drinks ...
... magic in the all-too-brief Christmas truce.
The most personal experience of all came close to the museum's exit. I logged into one final computer and found screen after screen of fallen men who shared my surname. Could some of them have been distant British or Canadian relatives, lost on a broken branch of my family tree? Could my life have been different if they had lived?
Poignant maybe......?? Our last 'thing' we did as we hopped into Belgium, just 45 minutes or so from Dunkirk.
The Belgian fire service play the last post at the Menin Gates every evening at 2000. Usually a short service and some well thought through words. Often visiting dignitaries........and tonight was the Mayor of Doncaster!!!!
All very moving. Surprise surprise!
... with no name as well. All nationalities of the commonwealth.
After this we set the gps to travel to Michels. It wasn't very far, but took us longer than expected, because of a traffic holdup in Lille. It was a bad time of day, five o'clock. We finally made it to the village and thought we had the right place, but when we turned in the house looked much newer, and the man did not look like Michel! He told us to go further up the road, ...
... billycans & other incidental artefacts. Outside, things have been left pretty much as they were the day the war ended, & although the original tackle rotted away years ago, a zigzag of sandbagged trenches with accompanying shell craters really do convey the flavour of the fighting. The mud in the trenches certainly looks authentic. Looking at these trenches I could not ...