Category Archives: Belgium

Day 5 – Part 2: The Dusk Ceremony at Polygon Wood

Having attended the morning ceremony at Tyne Cot, the cuzzies departed for Ypres and some sightseeing around the local area.  I headed back to Hooge for some lunch and a visit to the local WWI museum beside my hotel.  The … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Part 1: “Our Darkest Hour”

“Our Darkest Hour” – The Centennial Commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium   For the past 4 years the world has been commemorating the events of World War I (WWI) and New Zealand has been no … Continue reading

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SIDE NOTE: The trenches from hell

As I had mentioned in a previous post: My hotel Hotel Ieper Kasteelhof’t Hooghe was located in Hooge about 4 km outside Ypres and I was to discover that the hotel was actually on the site of the old stable … Continue reading

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Day 4 – Part 2: Ypres & The Menin Gate

Having returned from Messines Ridge where I spent the morning, I decided to spend the rest of the day having a look around Ypres (Ieper) before the ceremony in the evening at the Menin Gate. Now Ypres was the arrival … Continue reading

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Day 4 – Part 1: The Victory on Messines Ridge

Up at the crack of dawn, going to be a busy day. Over breakfast I met a charming mother and daughter who were over for the commemorations from NZ. They were with a tour group but unfortunately there wasn’t enough … Continue reading

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Day 3 – Part 2: Ghent & Cuzzies

After spending the the morning at Hooge Crater and Lijssenthoek Military Cemeteries I was ready for a break. I left Lijssenthoek with reflections and emotions I had not experienced before and they filled my thoughts as I headed the 90 km … Continue reading

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Day 3 – Part 1: The Fallen

Woke to a relatively clear and warm morning. The warmer temperatures here are a contrast to the cold ones I left in Scandinavia. I also found a message waiting for me on Facebook and it simply read, “Are you here?” … Continue reading

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Day 2 – Bremen to Ypres

Awoke to a beautiful sunny morning in Bremen which boded well for the trip ahead. Fully loaded after breakfast and with a full tank of petrol on board, it was out on to the A1 for the 670 km, 6-6.5 … Continue reading

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Road trip into WWI history

8th – 14th October 2017 The past 4 years the world has been commemorating the events of World War I (WWI) and New Zealand has been no exception. The kiwi commemorations began on the 25th of April 2014 at dawn … Continue reading

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