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  • Day6

    Dia 6 Chartres (fr) a Ypres (bel) 500 km

    June 10, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    La dueña del Airbnb nos sorprendió con un desayuno increíble: café, dos tortas distintas, pan con cereales, queso blanco, manteca, tres quesos diferentes , mermeladas caseras, fantástico. Salimos sobre las 8:45 am y decidimos ir primero a Brujas que era un poco más lejos. Brujas es una de las ciudades medievales más lindas de Europa. Llegamos, aparcamos y nos fuimos al centro. Almorzamos en la plaza principal mirando un paisaje de casas antiguas . Después alquilamos un carruaje a caballos y recorrimos la ciudad y luego caminamos un poco. Sobre las 7 nos fuimos a Ypres que queda a una hora. Paramos a tomar cerveza local en un bar y luego al Airbnb que queda en un campo. Toda el area donde estamos fue campo de batalla muy cruento durante la Primera Guerra Mundial.Read more

  • Day7

    Dia 7 Ypres y la primera guerra mundial

    June 11, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Dormimos hasta tarde, cansa viajar todos los días. Teníamos varios museos para visitar. Vimos dos, y caminamos por los campos donde europeos pelearon hace 102 años. Esta zona fue la primera en utilizar la guerra de trincheras, los gases de cloro y mostaza, el lanzallamas. Cientos de miles de jóvenes entre 20 y 30 años murieron horriblemente. Hay cementerios con tumbas que dicen aquí yacen 6 o 10 soldados. Muy triste y muy interesante. En algunos lugares hay cráteres inmensos pues como no podían acceder a la trincheras enemigas hacían tuneles por debajo y los llenaban con explosivos. Cuando los detonaban creaban cráteres como los de la luna. Las líneas y las trincheras cambiaban de bando constantemente. En una navidad los soldados alemanes se pusieron a cantar villancicos y pronto se unieron en el canto con los enemigos, salieron de las trincheras para intercambiar tabaco y fruta y hasta jugaron partidos de fútbol. Luego volvieron a enfrentarse y quedó terminantemente prohibido hacer amigos con los enemigos, así de terrible fue la vida para esta gente. Lo único que queda son los cráteres e inmensos cementerios. Estamos ahora en un Airbnb que queda en medio de ese campo de batalla colosal que va desde la costa hasta suiza. Una experiencia intensa haber estado acá. Algo gracioso, en el campo de al lado hay vacas y hoy les silbé y vinieron a escucharme . Por la tarde fuimos a ver una ceremonia militar que se hace todos los días para honorar a los miles de soldados que perdieron la vida en esta tierra, muchos de ellos todavía escondidos bajo tierra.Read more

  • Day5

    Day five

    March 6 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Much better weather today, so we visited Tyne Cot Cemetery where my grand uncle is commemorated, it is an awesome sight.
    Following this we followed a 6k walking route around Yper, it took around 2 hours and was very pleasant.
    Tonight we will attend the memorial at Ploegsteet where there will be a playing of the bugle at 19.00.
    Paid a visit to the Hooge Crater Museum, it was very well laid out and is worth a look.
    Just back from Ploegsteet and I was amazed at how many people were there. There were a number of wreaths laid and the atmosphere was electric.
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  • Day4

    Day four

    March 5 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Woke up to a rainy and dull morning.
    Went into Ypres for some shopping and then visited the In Flanders Field museum. A very impressive display of WW1 items some of which are interactive.
    It certainly brings home the horrors of conflict.

  • Day3

    Day three

    March 4 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    Left Sevenoaks at 08.45 and arrived at Dover at 10.00 for the 11.00 ferry.
    Left on time.

    Left Calais and drove to Ploegsteert Memorial, then onto Ypres.
    Walked into town and back again.

    A bit wet 😔.

  • Day7

    Bedford House Cemetery - Charles Duncan

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    And the final war memorial of this trip was to Bedford House Cemetery where my grandfather's brother is buried. Charles Duncan was killed at age 21. His and the other 3 soldiers he was fighting with had their remains exhumed and moved to this location.

    Of the 5,075 soldiers buried here, 275 are Australia and my great uncle is among those. He is buried in Enclosure 4 and with nothing more than that information, it took some time to find him. Kate placed a poppy on his grave and Craig had brought along the guitar so he played Amazing Grace. It had been so cold and windy as we were trying to find the grave, but then we sat down and the wind died down and the sun came out. The cemetery itself was beautiful. Charles has a great view in his final resting place!Read more

  • Day7

    Ypres and Menin Gate

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We ended our foray into Flanders with dinner in Ypres and then the Last Post Ceremony which has been held under Menin Gate every night at 8pm since 1928 (save a few years of WWII) as the local way of honouring those who fell in WWI. People travel from around the world to attend, play or lay wreaths. On our visit we were lucky enough to witness an extended ceremony and hear the Norwich Pipe Band from the UK and a local bugle band of cadets of some sort. There were around 1,000 people attending which, for a ceremony that happens every night of the year regardless of the weather, is rather amazing.

    The kids were on the hunt for Belgium waffles afterward, but the places had either closed or sold out, so they had to settle for Belgium ice cream in a waffle cone instead.
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  • Day7

    Hill 60

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Whistle stop to wander around Hill 60. The concrete bunker was used by both German and British Armies. This was another site riddled with underground tunnels which were used by both sides. They would try to dig close to the other side, listen in and once confirmed it was the enemy would set of explosives to try and cave in their tunnel network. The Australian soldiers were known to dig as low as 8 metres to try and get right under the Germans without detection - they would occasionally die from carbon monoxide poisoning or the tunnels would collapse.

    The site was purchased by a British family after the war in order to preserve it as is. There were so many fallen soldiers whose bodies had sunk into the mud during the battle that they could not be retrieved and buried properly.
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  • Day7

    Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62)

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We stopped here for a bit of fun for the kids. The farmer who owned this farm during WWI returned to his farm after the war to find it riddled with trenches as it had been the site of the battle at Hill 62 which was mostly a Canadian forces offensive. The museum at this farm is privately maintained by the grandson of the original farmer who elected to preserve a number of the trenches.

    So, the kids went wild! Apparently running around in here was like all their dreams had come true. Who knew we only needed to dig and connect some holes in the back yard! As could be expected in this part of the world though, it was muddy and wet and I get the impression that this is the norm. Light drizzly rain stops anything from drying out much. Kate said she didn't want to get trench foot. Through this place you can still see evidence of the craters formed by shells.
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