Set off from home 0930hrs, loaded Eevie then 1110hrs P&O Ferry, Dover to Calais. Nice sunny day and pleasant drive through rural France and Belgium. Arrived Leper 1600hrs, picked up supplies in town then to the campsite, "Jeugdstadion", set Eevie up,
lost all the water through the water heater overflow, puzzled but on refilling it was ok. Still very hot 32c so ate a nice salad outside, chatted with the neighbours Max and Elaine, he a retired Dentist and she a classroom assistant. They were off on a 5week trip to Germany.
Had heavy rain overnight, Max was up at 0400hrs tilting his roll out awning as it was full of water, why we always have one corner lower, I guess Max will in future. Lovely day again we walked the ramparts into town via the "Menin Gate" where there are many WW1 tributes,
including this poem, very moving.
Then we had lunch in the square,
a very nice Lasagne. Then we went to the "Flanders Fields" museum, it tells it like it was from both sides, well worth a visit. It is in the main square in the large building with the tower. probably spent 2 hours there, and Hazel bought her Mum a poppy bag.
Back outside it was still hot so took liquid refreshments
and people watched. Then back to Eevie for a rest. 1900hrs we walked back to the "Menin Gate" for the Last Post, it happens every day of the year in tribute to British and Commonwealth dead. The buglers are from the local Fire Service,
there are often guest tributes too. On this occasion a young lad played the Bagpipes. As you can see there is a large attendance and deep respect shown by most, this time there was one ignorant git
who had to be told to remove his hat. It was very moving and we both choked up a little with watery eyes.
Then back to the site and a quiet evening.
Woke to rain, but it cleared up quickly and again became hot. Got the bikes out and decided to do a little tour along the canal. When at the museum there was a section devoted to the "Yorkshire Trench" which had been discovered a few years ago during building work, it wasn't far from the canal so headed there first. We had trouble finding it. It's tucked away in the middle of an industrial estate and not well signposted, but got there eventually.
Hard to believe how so many lived and died in this and the many others there must have been, and I'm sure the conditions were not as seen now. We continued our ride seeing many war cemeteries and this was one of the larger,
what an incredible waste of life. Passing through a small village we found this one behind a hedge between the houses.
Cycled back to town and more beer before heading back to the site. It had been a lovely day, cycling in the sunshine but very moving at the same time, you'd have to have no feeling not to be affected.
Woke about half seven and it got darker as we packed away, by nine it was almost night and a terrific thunderstorm hit. Left at 0930hrs heading for Calais and home, storm cleared but rain didn't. Stopped at Cite Europe for lunch and shopping, then the ferry home. Arrived home 1645hrs.
Been a nice trip, and we would go again.