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... from such a thing? A coffee shop or two, a restaurant / snack bar here and there would be okay, we often hung out for a place to stop and refuel but found nothing. Some of the little isolated areas could certainly do with the employment opportunities. Again there were dozens of WW1 Cemeteries around Ypres we could have visited but we try to pick the most relevant or interesting. So after a good brekky, including freshly cooked bacon & eggs, we visited the Flanders ...
Belgium is a favourite so far! The town is beautiful - feels like we're in a storybook. Poppies are everywhere. There is evidence all over town of John McCrae's poem. Today we had a few hours of free time so Josh and I took in the Flander's Field Museum and sought out some Belgian chocolate - so good! The museum was fantastic - provided the stories of many nations and individuals involved in the war effort. ...
... of the remains was done and displays equipment and artifacts which were recovered during the exhumation. This museum was opened this month, July 2014. The whole setup is very slick and professionally done. It was then onto VC (Cobbers) Corner, about 2km up the road, where there is a life-size bronze statue of a digger carrying a wounded soldier. The inspiration for the statue came from a story of a ...
After an 8 hour drive from North Wales to Dover (thanks to the M25 at Friday lunchtime) we boarded the ferry to Dunkirk where we stayed in a Camponille for the night!
An early start and a croissant (or 2) later we set off for Ypres. Our first stop was the Menin Gate, an impressive memorial to the soldiers of the British Empire who died during the battles in Ypres. There are 55,000 names engraved on the walls.
After this we had a ...
... over a century to complete!
After WWI the rebuilding of the Cloth Hall, which meticulously followed the medieval plans, took until 1962 to be completed!
Next we saw St Martin's Cathedral, where troops were billeted in its cloisters until August 1915, when German shelling killed 20 British soldiers there and reduced it to a ruin.
Close by is the much smaller St George Memorial Church, built in the ...
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