Monday, November 2, 2015

Bruges & World War One Belgium

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had an enjoyable half-term break and a fun time making Halloween Lanterns, or maybe started on your Christmas bauble or researching World War One for our whole school project?

I took my parents and daughter over to Bruges for 3 my other half was working. 
And wow.....what a wonderful city.  Full of impressive buildings and beautiful houses thanks to being largely untouched by the 20th Century!  Its a very easy city to get around and we stayed right in the centre which was great for exploring.  I'd recommend it to anyone and it's pretty easy to get to.  We took the ferry to Calais and drove up. 

The main reason for our visit however was to visit the many World War One Cemeteries, Museums and Monuments.  My daughter wanted to do some research for school, as did I and my dad is a very keen war historian and so a perfect guide.

We visited quite a few cemeteries including famous ones like Tyne Cot and Sanctuary Wood. 

We also went to monuments like the Menin Gate in Ypres (called Ieper in  Belgium) and some amazing WW1 museums.

One of them even had original trenches form the war that we could walk along.
 It was a fascinating visit and made us appreciate how dreadful and scary it must have been for those soldiers fighting in the Great War and how awful for their family and friends at home.


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