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Dad's uncle on his father's side, James Moore, is buried in the British war cemetery at Messines Ridge so we found the grave and contemplated our luck. Meg is so sick of my hubris that she almost wishes one of her immediate family was dead. We are on the count down to the end of our year away and now headed for ...
This morning we left Paris. I had come to terms with the inevitability of this, so I didn't feel too badly. We managed to get our train to Brussels without any trouble. We had been told on two different occasions by Paris Railway people that even though we would be in Brussels by 11.30, we wouldn't be able to get a train to Ypres till about 4pm. However, when we arrived and enquired, we were able to take one which left within about 30 minutes. The photo Wok took was ...
... to ST where the WiFi was supposed to work on the boats but didn’t (it might have been switched off when they closed down the club house for the night. It was a lovely club atmosphere with good food and plenty of it and good choice of Belgian beers. Perfect.
We had intended to go and see Perones but we enjoyed the club so much we did not venture outside the gates. We did not have any information about the place so perhaps there was not much to see ...
... They were dressed in 60s garb, but we decided that they probably always dressed like that as the hair was real.It was a real effort not to sing "I got you babe" out loud instead of silently internally.
Off the boat and away, the day was bright and sunny, and we decided to take the country route to Ypres. Jim's route notes were excellent as usual, apart from the places where they had for their own reasons just decided to shut the road and ...
... with Patrick Gibson who recited the Ode to Rememberance.
Earlier in the day, we visited the Flanders Field Museum, Passchendaele and Tyne Cot.
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