Gasthof 'T Zweerd
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So we are sitting on a train to Munich (via Frankfurt) as we begin to make our way down to Croatia. Which gives me some time to tap away at the keyboard and reflect on the past few days since we left Paris.
From Paris we went to Brugge - a beautiful little place in Belgium that has elements of a fairytale. Perhaps more normal if you live in Europe, but for us the cobblestones ...
... the trenches have been filled in and even some mine craters but the evidence of this time still exists. we went and saw a german cemetry these are very sombre the stones and gates are all black, the cemetry is walled by a hedge so from outside you wouldnt know there is a cemetry here, no flowers but lots of trees and to ever cross there is 4 soldiers buried much of this is cultural as the germans think cemetrys should be like a forrest where as we see them as more of a garden. ...
... Thankfully she found no evidence of explosives, and said she would reseal it and send it off.
She didn't check under the stamp for drugs though, so that was a close thing.
The ferry was swarming with red ants... a large school party all bedecked with bright red baseball caps, at least 80% of them worn back to front, for good measure.
Bacon baguettes seemed the right way to go, so we put up no resistance and bought into it.
Travelled to Ieper (Ypres) by train and arrived mid morning. My grandfather Joseph Chitty was killed in action in this area and his name recorded at the Messines Ridge Memorial to the Missing within the Messines Ridge British Cemetery. When planning my trip, doing the New York Marathon was the reason for the trip but another wish I had was to visit Belgium, contact Nieke (an exchange student I hosted) and try and find Joe's name on the Memorial.
... find the hotel/room was moderately nice as we only paid €45. It has a shared shower which was on the first floor and the toilet on the 2nd floor down the hall from the room, parking was free on the street. We walked to the information centre and was shocked it was open, everything is always closed on a Sunday. We got a map and checked out the church. It is bigger than the Notre dame church in Paris but it is a copy all the same. We walked to the medieval part of ...