Friday, April 23, 2010
Spent today exploring Bruges, one of Europe's most charming medieval cities. We wandered the cobbled-stoned streets, and on Eileens advice, we rode through the picturesque squares in a horse and cart. Bruges is known for lace boutiques, chocolate shops and cafes.
After our horse and buggy ride, we went straight into a cafe for coffee, hot chocolate and a belgian waffle with strawberries. Truly the nicest waffle I have ever tasted....
Then Paul wanted to go to the place where he could choose from 400 beers. The menu was a book!
We bought some chocolate and wandered around until time to go....
On the drive home we stopped at Essex Farm Cemetery, where in 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae composed In Flanders Fields, the most famous poem of the war. We then went to visit the battlefield of Messines, where 19 huge mines were detonated beneath the German defenders in June 1917.
Dinner back in Ypres.
We are off to the Somme tomorrow and then Anzac Day at Villers-Brettonneux. Make sure you watch the ceremony. Both Paul and I have wreaths to lay. Paul will be doing it for 1 Commando Company and I will lay my wreath for the Katoomba RSL Sub Branch.