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... making our way back to the hotel we had a wander around the shops. Man Belgium has amazing pastry and chocolate shops, not to mention the smells of fresh Belgian waffles!! Around midday we boarded the bus out to Hill 60 to look at the war trenches an then on some war cemetery, Polygon Wood and the 5th division memorial. Then we stopped at some Belgian cafe for an ...
... themselves in this strategic position. In April 1917, Canadian soldiers were successful in taking and holding Vimy Ridge. Hill 145, where the monument is positioned, is the highest point along the ridge.
Further within the site, are the preserved trenches and tunnels from that time. From both sides. Paul went through the tunnels but I declined, knowing the limits of both my claustrophibia and imagination. Extensive ...
... in random conversation, then discovered that she was the current Poet Lauriet for PEI. Dianne Hicks Morrow. Nothing like being thrown out of first class together to stimulate conversation! Could have kept talking to her for hours.
Arrived to find all the roads and pedestrian precincts close to the station under repair.
We'd been told that the "In Flanders Field" museum could take about 90 min. ...
... visitors centre and then got back on the road through the rolling French countryside again. After a little drive we came to the village of Armentieres, which holds special significance to me because a relative of mine, William Hopkirk who was also a WCOB, is buried there. I would like to personally thank all the boys who laid poppies alongside mine, it was a very moving experience. Also in the same cemetery is the grave of another ...
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 ...