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... visitor centre located just outside the cemetery. Here you get an explanation of the history of this hospital cemetery. Here all the dead are known as they arrived as wounded soldiers who did not recover from their wounds. There are a number of interactive displays and a timeline of the role the Rimy Siding Hospital played in this area during WW1. As you walk towards the main entrance you walk through a long avenue -cemetery wall and vine on one side and 1500 metal posts on ...
... before our light ran out leaving a few more sites to visit tomorrow morning. The first thing we quickly realised was that you don't have to travel far in any direction before you come across a cemetery or other significant site. Cemeteries both large and small are all over this landscape and are a constant reminder to the locals of their country's significant place in the history of over 50 nations who have war dead buried in this area. In between ...
... sent us back to town, so we grabbed the car, found our hotel, and settled down with some Flemish stew, frites and Belgium beer !!!
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After breakfast, we hauled our asses over to Duksmuide. We had never been there, but once in the town square, it was your typical Flemish square, so it felt similar to others that we had seen and it felt good.
A quick bit of history.
The Commonwealth nations didn't really ...
... it looked like there was nowhere to moor up. The pontoon shown on our chart said it was on the starboard side and yes there was a flimsy sort of pontoon there but it was for a private boat and there were boats moored on that side that looked like they have not moved for ages. On the other side there were some other boats and as we turned round to have a look, someone came out and called to us that we could moor alongside them. They were 3 Red Ensigns and we had not noticed ...
... payments. The buildings in the city center were rebuilt as much as possible to be like the original. The further out from the center, the more modern the buildings become. Somewhere in the middle is a magical mix of the two. It's a really lovely town for a stroll.
I crossed through the Menin Gate and looped around the outside of the Yser canal, where I found a quiet like park full of a variety of different birds. I ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed