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Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres 229

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Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:59:45 PM »
Chronologically,this is out of order,as there's a ramble from January that needs to be written up.

Anyway,I recently done a bus tour of the battlefields of the Somme,and the Ypres Salient. There's a helluva a lot of photos,so it'll be broken up into three threads. This one will be the happy cheerful one. There'll be one one thread each dedicated to the two battlefields.

I can't say it was an uplifting trip. Reading about the raw statistics is one thing,but to stand in the cemeteries,to look across the battlefields is a humbling,and moving experience.

Having said that,I can't speak highly enough of Belgium and her people. A beautiful country,beautifully taken care of. And yes,the beer is pretty good too!

Enough blather,on with the trip!



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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 07:02:45 PM »

The trip started at Victoria Station in London,as so many trips have. The initial leg to Bexleyheath,where we'd join the coach took forever. On top of the usual London congestion,Her Maj,The Queen was dedicating the memorial to the fallen of the Iraq and Afgan conflicts,so,yes,lots of road closures  :-\

This wasn't my first Channal crossing,but was my first as an adult,and more importantly,my first in daylight! As you can see,the weather was absolutely brilliant! Sailing out of Dover harbour,sipping a pint of Bass,absolutely magic!







« Last Edit: March 20, 2017, 07:25:02 PM by kirk13 »

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 07:28:13 PM »
The three hour wait to get on the ferry wasn't that much fun though. What it meant was the sun was setting as we reached Calais,and by the time we were on the coach and heading to Menen,it was already dark.

Day two was the trip around the Ypres Salient,which we'll look at later.

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 07:34:46 PM »
Great pics Kirky  :salute:

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 07:35:08 PM »
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ypres



The Menin Gate. More about this later...



Mote,cannal or river? To be honest,I don't know. I'd really like to know more about the history of Ypres prior to the Great War.



A travelling fair was in town,set up in the square by the Cloth Hall. I was tempted to have a go on the shooting range,but having already had a beer,I thought the better of it :whistle:





Knives,in a shop window?! I like Belgium!
« Last Edit: March 20, 2017, 09:25:14 PM by kirk13 »

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 08:27:50 PM »
You had to go to the SAK shop.  :facepalm:  :like:

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 08:34:14 PM »
Great pics Kirky  :salute:

Cheers Paul,lots more to come!

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 08:35:27 PM »
You had to go to the SAK shop.  :facepalm:  :like:

Oh,come on! Like I could have walked past ;)

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2017, 08:36:48 PM »
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Péronne,_Somme







Peronne is on the banks of the Somme. Such a beautiful town,in fact the who,e of the Somme area was beautiful,and I wish I'd had time to explore. As good as the Museum was,I'd actually tried leaving early with Case to have a look around. And then got distracted by another member of the tour,and got talking about the Genesis of tank warfare :whistle:
« Last Edit: March 20, 2017, 08:48:33 PM by kirk13 »

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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 08:44:25 PM »
Oohhh I spot lm's as well in that shop window  :tu: more great pics mate,how's the beer, when I lived in Belgium I went out every evening for a few pints  ;) lovely beer,

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2017, 08:50:19 PM »
Oohhh I spot lm's as well in that shop window  :tu: more great pics mate,how's the beer, when I lived in Belgium I went out every evening for a few pints  ;) lovely beer,

Aw mate,even the Stella tasted magic! And I'd rather not drink than have Stella here in the UK!

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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2017, 08:53:39 PM »
Oohhh I spot lm's as well in that shop window  :tu: more great pics mate,how's the beer, when I lived in Belgium I went out every evening for a few pints  ;) lovely beer,

Aw mate,even the Stella tasted magic! And I'd rather not drink than have Stella here in the UK!

I drank so many different beers there, funny as I'm a Guinness drinker  :rofl: but there beer is something special for sure  :tu:

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2017, 08:55:32 PM »




https://en.m.wikipedia.or...rtin%27s_Cathedral,_Ypres













Cathedrals always raise a sense of ambivalence in me. I can't help be admire the vision of the architects,and stand back in awe of the skills of the craftsmen who created it,but be horrified at the money spent on a vain building,rather than being spent on the poor and hungry.  For all that,St Martins does convey a sense of peace and sanctuary. If you follow the link to the Daily Fail below,you can see how St Martins looked a century ago.

http://www.dailymail.co.u...uction-Western-Front.html
« Last Edit: March 20, 2017, 09:48:10 PM by kirk13 »

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2017, 09:53:05 PM »
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ypres_Cloth_Hall





Like St Martins,the Cloth Hall was rebuilt from ruins. I'd love to tell you what the inside was like,but,sadly,I didn't have time! For lots of reasons,Ypres is on my list of places to visit again.



Just a side street. I'm still blown away by just how neat and tidy Ypres was!
« Last Edit: March 20, 2017, 10:05:14 PM by kirk13 »

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2017, 10:10:36 PM »




And then the trip back to Dover...

We were escorted by dolphins for quite a bit of the way. Sadly they didn't show up on the pics :facepalm:

And in the best traditions,it started raining as soon as we set foot back on British soil :shrug:
« Last Edit: March 20, 2017, 10:12:36 PM by kirk13 »

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2017, 10:25:48 PM »
Fantastic stuff Kirky!  :salute: Always look forward to your Rambling threads.  :cheers:

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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2017, 10:30:32 PM »
Thanks for the photos!  Glad you had a great time!   :cheers:
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Re: Rambling with Kirk 2017: Road to Ypres
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2017, 07:23:31 AM »
Thank you kirky.   :cheers:
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« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2017, 11:54:09 AM »
Awesome pics, Kirky! :like:

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« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2017, 11:59:53 AM »
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