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From beautiful Brugge we drove south west to Ypres. Along the way we stopped at some of the war memorials to the fallen soldiers. All this area is part of Flanders. We stopped at the Tyne Cot cemetery. It is the biggest commonwealth memorial. It was quite surreal looking at the walls knowing every name on the wall represents a soldier whose body was never found or identified.
Next we stopped at ...
Ostend, Belguim was a quick 2 night stopover on our way to Amsterdam.
It had a huge beach and a large esplanade with some cool orange art features.
It was empty of people and would be one of those places that come alive in summer.
We did a day trip to the nearby gorgeous city of Bruges.
This is a cool city centred around a couple of big plazas, lots of canals and pretty photo
We decided to stay in town today, there is plenty of things to see and do . We walked along the ramparts to the Menin Gate another memorial to 55,000 soldiers without a known grave ,an imposing entry to the town. More later . The cloth hall has the Flanders Fields Museum in it , very impressive multimedia display of WW 1 , it saved us going out for more carnage. We went back ...
... Belgian government to do the equivalent job to that performed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Just to the west of where we are staying is the valley of the River Iser (or Ijzer). It flows through the town of Diksmuide and out into the North Sea at Nieuwpoort. The tidal inflow and river outlet has for centuries been controlled by sluices. In 1914, as the German army was advancing west across Belgium, the local people opened the gates to the sea and allowed ...
... much the reserve is on the Valkyrie but I expect it about 4 litres.
No problem I thought, we must see a petrol station soon, so off we ride.
I turned onto reserve at 128 miles with still 17 to go and no sign of a fuel station so it was going to be tight.
As we came to the exit from the motorway to Adinkerke the traffic was backed up the whole of the slip road. The slip roads in France and Belgium are long, very long. I ...