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... destination tonight is Lille, France which is just over the border from Belgium and in the middle of the Somme where heavy fighting in WW1 cost hundreds of thousands of Australian lives.
On the way to Lille we stopped of in Antwerp in Belgium where we relived some great memories of our last visit here in 2010. On that visit we were befriended by a true gentleman who Kate and ...
... 8217;s Grt, grt, grt Uncle William had been a stretcher bearer in the NZ regiment that saved the town. We walked around and found the memorial to the NZers who had distracted the Germans by creating lots of smoke and they launched a surprise attack by climbing up a ladder they constructed to get them up the wall. It was a hot day and everyone was tired.
We spent the afternoon in a big shopping mall buying some new clothes!
... blanket of machine gun fire coming from the Germans up in the hill. The loss of life was devastating, So great in fact, that it is in this area that the memorial to the New Zealand soldiers who lost their lives stands. It was a humbling moment. The words of King George V on opening the museum in 1922 bought me to tears ... not for the words themselves but because it seems we have not yet learnt the devastating lessons of war.... "We can truly say ...
Today Janet stayed in Bruge to tour for chocolates and waffles :)
I went on a full-day tour, 8:30-5:30pm, to see the famous battlefields in the area of Flander's Fields in Belgium. The tour was made up of myself, 3 from Australia, 2 from New Zealand and 2 from Vancouver. The tour extended into France for those from Australia to visit the cemetery containing a family member. They all ...
Up early (seeing a theme emerging here?) and off to West Flanders for some more history and beer. Rode the rails from Gent to Lille, France and picked up a rental car for the day. Seat Ibiza was the ride, my first venture in a French marque. At roughly $7 a gallon I was more than happy to drive an economy hatchback with a diesel motor. First stop was Ieper, home of the In Flandres Fields Museum. Dedicated to those who gave their lives in WWI, the carnage that ...