Ibis Lille Roubaix Centre
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... back and forth fighting over the same bits of land. And so we must head back for our chicken feast; it duly arrives from our landlady: with roast potatoes, baked apple and beautiful gravy. She starts us off with a Saint Bernadous beer from Watou which is fabulous, and then we demolish most of the chicken. It's very good, and we really don't feel like stomping off to see the 8pm Menon Gate ceremony....but we force ourselves. It's still very hot, and hundreds ...
... I have become very suspicious in life...especially with men :) Moreover I really don't trust nor believe anybody in Africa, but that's also the reason why, most of the time, I discover small lies, like their age, if they are married or not, if they have children or not. The only one I really trust in Africa, after living there now almost 2 years, is one of our guides Gideon. I know I can call him if I'm in trouble, he will be there for me if I need him...But still, I ...
... ones that were found and could be identified. This site is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetary in the world, it is impossible to grasp the sacrifice until you have walked row after row of these immaculately tended headstones. At the rear of the headstones section is a wall engraved with 35,000 names of men that were involved in the areas war and could not be found. Not sure how the generals slept (on both sides) at night. ...
... and ended up at the Menin Gate memorial. What a spectacular memorial this is. Each night at 8pm, the local Last Post Association and Fire Brigade conduct a short Last Post ceremony, which includes the Ode and laying of wreaths. It only takes 10 or 15 minutes depending on how many people are there, and it is very moving. They've conducted it every night at 8pm since 1928.
The walls of Menin Gate are inscribed with the names of 56, 000 ...
... He died of pneumonia in 1918 at aged 45 & would not have known how famous his poem was to become. The Canadians on our tour said that at school it was compulsory to know the poem off by heart. There is a memorial with the poem inscribed.
Next stop was the village of Langemark where there is the German war cemetery, the Deutscher ...