Value Stay Blankenberge
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After Jon's cycle, we got packed up. You will see from photos that Prego didn't want to leave this awesome campsite! Perhaps she as a sixth sense.... So we set off for Ostend / Oostende (places have two names here; one French and the other Flemish). We were confident we could find the next ACSI site from the description in the book. We (predominantly Jon the proficient driver) managed to follow the instructions to what should have been really near and then we were reliant upon ...
... the whole city amounts to more than 13,840 hectares, including 1,075 hectares off the coast, at Zeebrugge (from Brugge aan zee meaning "Bruges on Sea"
Today there is no ridiculous blog title. Today we visited Flanders Fields. Almost embarrassingly, before this trip I knew very little about the First World War. Most of what I did know was actually gleamed from a book read a couple weeks ago, 'a soldiers song', a fictional book based on WW1 events. So today was not only interesting and in someways emotional, but it was a complete history lesson. Our BandB host kindly put on breakfast early for us I ...
... direction. Delightful architecture leapt from every corner; the waft of freshly made waffles enticing you to venture further. Finally the stench of James had been replaced.
I sat for a beer in the Markt, the belfry by now illuminated before me, accentuating its dominating but delicate features. To my left sat proudly the Provincial Court, itself worthy of being the centre piece of most European cities. Through the square ran large queues, formed to ride ...
... soldiers are known, but they were the ones who had to be reburied when the Belgians reclaimed their land, so they don't have individual markers. Surrounding the mass grave are stone tablets with thousands of names inscribed. And many of the dead in that cemetery are young boys who were told by their schoolteachers that they should help their country; after all, the war will only last a few months. The untrained boys were essentially massacred by the more experienced, adult Allied ...