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Today was our last day in Maastricht and with Jan and Ingrid. We just relaxed in the morning as we were to take a train to Venlo.After lunch Ingrid took us to the station where we said our goodbyes. Claudia also came to the station to say goodbye. We took the 1458 train to Venlo ...
... Victoria Cross recipients at the site.
Next stop was the incredibly muddy site of Polygon wood, a site which passed hands between the Germans and Allies. It was the site of an old Belgian military post. It was a site on a ridge which has a commanding area of the sites around. On the site there was evidence of tunnelling and fortified positions used by the Germans in 1916.
Our last commemorative stop of the day was at Hill ...
There are only two days left before I leave with two people, Hadewych and Jurgen, to Bulgaria for ten days! This together with the fact that we are going to pick roses with the local gypsies in Kazanlak makes it super exciting. The plan for this trip is to work on the rose field for the first few days. We will later learn to make the ...
... as you drived by, Also, you would often see old shell craters that were filled with water on farms and some of the old barbed wire fences from the war are still used on farms.
On to Passchendaele Museum. Passchendaele was a battle in 1917 in this immediate area around Ieper or Ypres. It has to sum up the total idiocy of this war. They were fighting over ridges (Belgium being very flat ) to get the high ground. They would advance a few hundreds meters and then ...
Na de selectie kunnen 36 boeken blijven, 62 vliegen de deur uit. Enkele dingen die ik opmerkte:
* Voor elk boek van een Vlaming heb ik er tien van een Nederlander. De donkere and sinistere klank van veel Vlaamse boeken heeft me dan toch nooit echt kunnen bekoren.
* Zoveel koffietafel boeken ("kunst"). Waar zat ik met m'n hoofd? Ging ik soms indruk maken op iemand met hun gewicht en omvang?
* De selectie die blijft gaat over vroege jaren ...