Extra Wipers

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We decided to stay in Ypres an extra day as there is so much to see & do. Porridge breakfasts (made the Scottish way – with salt if you’re reading dear father-in-law) set us up nicely yesterday and today for lots of walking and cycling. The hour’s difference between the UK & Belgium meant that, phew – we hadn’t missed Holby on Tuesday as it’s on here at 9pm. What a relief!

Yesterday’s main event was a visit to In Flanders Fields Museum. Here we saw informative and moving displays and artefacts which gave us a much clearer understanding of the First World War and its long lasting effects on this town. There is a special exhibition on at the moment celebrating the contribution to the war effort by Canada. We got chatting to an elderly Canadian gentleman at the Menin Gate ceremony who told us that sadly, the tragic events in Brussels have caused many of his countrymen to cancel their planned trips to honour their dead, such a shame

If you pay an additional €2 to your entrance fee you can climb 231 steps to the top of the bell tower for incredible views over these fought-over lands. These photos show the view from above and the view from below!

Bell Tower
We were just above the clock!

We were just grateful for the timing of our climb as we did it in between the soundings of the 25 bells which peal out their carillon every hour. Although it looks like a normal belfry, 21st century technology has been installed and the clappers are moved pneumatically under computer guidance – no hunchback here to ring the bells Esmerelda!!

Ypres Square
I can see Vince from here!


We had a night in, just catching the news on TV then we did a little research into where we’ll head for next.

Today we were up and about early as the sun (remember sun?) woke us around 7.30. After breakfast we spent a little time servicing Vince as his drain tank was nearly full and his fresh water tank empty. And the less said about the toilet cassette, the better. We decided to spend the biggest part of the day following the ramparts round the town – a beautiful stroll which takes in views of the moat and the flood plain. It incorporates ancient fortifications as well as wartime pill-boxes where machine gunners fought off the enemy. Around one corner we came upon a tiny, beautifully maintained military graveyard – the Ramparts Cemetery where 153 British, 10 Canadian, 11 Australian, 14 New Zealand and 5 unidentified soldiers are laid to rest. It’s hard to imagine a more peaceful and respectful setting.After paying our respects we headed back to the square for free wifi, expensive coffees and a rest for our weary feet. The weather has really picked up today with 20 degrees and sunshine so after a diversion to Aldi for provisions we are now sitting with a drink beside Vince in the sunshine. Cheers!

Blogging in the sun for your pleasure…
The Ramparts from our campsite

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About Ken Tomlinson 217 Articles
Semi-retired biker, blogger and world’s best grandad. Doesn’t take life too seriously. Discovered motorhoming in 2015, sold up and downsized to fund more travels. Now with added Yorkshire.

9 Comments on Extra Wipers

  1. How do you get UK TV ? Will you always use campsites ? Nik and I are happy all is going so well, see you and Gill in Spain x

  2. Hello-this is something we are only planning at the moment but very jealous! We also wondered how you got UK TV and how easy that was to sort. Enjoy your adventure.

    • Hi Mal thanks for getting in touch! We were very lucky with our choice of Motorhome – Vince’s previous owner fitted a satellite dome at great expense! We just use it for freesat but I have read of Sky subscribers taking their Sky box with them for full-fat programming. If you dig around there are other options where you simply stand a dish outside the van on a tripod & align it manually. There was one next door to us last night. I believe reception falls away the further South you go but who wants to watch telly when it’s hot and sunny anyway 😉 Good luck with your own plans, regards Ken

  3. Flanders in the fields is a fantastic museum, thanks for the heads up on the tower tour, hadn’t spotted that so will do so next time.

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