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... homing pigeons. Areas of the grounds bore remembrance to the carnage of the previous century as the outlines of former trenches were visible as well as small, circular ponds that took up the space where mortars once fell.
After a peaceful ride home, we opted for an Italian dinner of pasta, pizza, and steak and began planning out tomorrow, which should include a canal boat tour, brewery tour, and some shopping/browsing time.
Goodnight, readers, until me meet again.
September 19 Ypres (Wipers!) A great sleep knowing it was a day of wandering around Ypres for the day, though both of us are very sore from the long wait and for the nights service (3 hrs) and our feet are falling apart. Finding a car park in front of the hotel, though metered, is a bonus for our departure on Saturday costing about 8€ for the day. Kelly's suitcase is now a 2 person or 1 very strong girl lift - glad we are onto the ...
... 8217;s Grt, grt, grt Uncle William had been a stretcher bearer in the NZ regiment that saved the town. We walked around and found the memorial to the NZers who had distracted the Germans by creating lots of smoke and they launched a surprise attack by climbing up a ladder they constructed to get them up the wall. It was a hot day and everyone was tired.
We spent the afternoon in a big shopping mall buying some new clothes!
... it seemed very poor and not looked after. Not a lot of money in this city. We walked to a park and couldn't find the water feature there, so we headed for a beer. Greg read up on some research on the area and I wrote in my diary. Not many people speak English, but they have all been nice and helpful. We had dinner at an Indian restaurant because I have noticed a lot of Indian people around and think the food should be good. It was good but cost the same as our room for the ...
... Bretonneux for the day! We drove down to Polygon Wood Cemetery which is a small wartime cemetery, with the outer shape of a polygon, where the graves aren't in rows although all the headstones are the War Graves style and it is in the care of the CWGC. Most of the headstones showed these soldiers were New Zealanders. Across the road, through a grove of trees and on top of a hill was the Australian 5th Division Memorial and to the right of it was a large cemetery plus a ...