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Menin Gate and The Last Post but perhaps not ours

After another exciting and full day yesterday, we had a day of relative peace today. Shopping at midday and then early evening off to Ieper to see the last post, which is sounded every night at the Menin Gate at 8pm. We aimed for a car park near the Groot markt making sure that this was a...

permalink written by  rickandsuejohnson on August 16, 2011 from Ieper, Belgium
from the travel blog: Paying our respects



'Wipers'

Wipers is the version of the town name used by many thousands of the Tommies who made their way through it to this sector of the front. We set Tom Tom for the centre of Ypres. When we got to the Grote Markt the square was largely taken up by a fun fair but being Sunday morning it was all shut...

permalink written by  rickandsuejohnson on August 7, 2011 from Ieper, Belgium
from the travel blog: Paying our respects



Battlefield Cemetery tour

Off to investigate Boescheppe near to the campsite before heading off towards Ypres (Ieper - pronounced Ee-per in Flemish) and the Essex Farm Cemetery. It was here that Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel Surgeon John McCrae from Guelph (well known to some of our family!) composed his famous poem ‘In...

permalink written by  rickandsuejohnson on August 6, 2011 from Ieper, Belgium
from the travel blog: Paying our respects



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