Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... battle sites, hill 60, 62....all along the horizon was the frontline. Canada had responsibility for a portion of this area and was the first to be gassed in a war. While other country's in the line next to them collapsed (I'll keep names out of it) in a panic from the effects of the gas....some how the Canucks (there was a chemist in the crowd and once he sensed Chlorine...he passed the work to pee in a rag an cover your mouth with it...and it worked. ...
... the soldiers' graves are the greatest preachers of peace," I can only hope that more world leaders find their way to this cemetery.
We made one more stop before heading back to Ypres - Essex Farm Cemetery, site of the medical station where John McRae wrote "In Flanders Fields" I recited the poem's words aloud, connecting with their meaning in a way I'd never felt before.
We finished our ...
... lined with trees and are well organised and maintained as we have seen before the best in Europe (but a bit boring). There are not many stopping places along the canal side due to the concrete sides or they have boulders in wire cages to line the sides to stop erosion, both not being boat friendly. John had found a car mirror some days ago and spent an hour or so making holders so we could mount it for a rear view mirror on the busy canals.
Today we ...
... Handzame. Our landlady, Marie-Therese, was just finishing the cleaning and preparing of the house for us. We had a long chat (and a pot of tea) - MT's English is excellent. She worked at Middlesex Hospital in London in her younger years. Wendy made a rather splendid pasta-bake tea and in the evening we all went on a selection of the farm's extensive bike collection to look at two windmills nearby. Chilly wind blew us ...
... to the camp ground, which was only 1km out of town. After dinner we headed back into town on the bikes and watched the Last Post at the Menin Gate. No pics as we couldn't see a bloody thing! It is very moving though, so many names, so many lives, and those are just the ones they didn't find! We then had a couple of beers before heading home, albeit a little more wobbly then when we rode in!