Summer Road Trip 2022 | Commonwealth War Cemeteries | Belgium

Lijssenthoek Cemetery There are just over 600 British war cemeteries in Belgium, a staggering figure, and to visit them all would be a major undertaking. I think we visited five, including Tyne Cot, and we chose them for a number of reasons - the grave of the youngest casualty on the Western Front, graves of … Continue reading Summer Road Trip 2022 | Commonwealth War Cemeteries | Belgium

Summer Road Trip 2022 | Talbot House – Toc H, Poperinge | Belgium

Talbot House, Poperinge Toc H During the Great War, Poperinge was part of 'unoccupied' Belgium. Away from the turmoil of battle in the Ypres Salient, the town developed into the nerve centre of the British sector. In the heart of this bustling town, Army chaplains Neville Talbot and Philip 'Tubby' Clayton opened a club and … Continue reading Summer Road Trip 2022 | Talbot House – Toc H, Poperinge | Belgium

Summer Road Trip 2022 | A Place of Execution, Poperinge | Belgium

Poperinge Town Hall Behind the Town Hall in Poperinge, tucked away in a cobbled courtyard, is a place of execution and death cells. Soldiers who were 'shot at dawn' create quite heated debates these days, especially as we all now know so much more about mental health conditions like PTSD. The British Military executed 346 … Continue reading Summer Road Trip 2022 | A Place of Execution, Poperinge | Belgium

Summer Road Trip 2022 | Tyne Cot Cemetery | Belgium

Tyne Cot Cemetery ... this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war King George V, 11 May 1922 Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) burial ground for the dead of the First World War in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front. It is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces … Continue reading Summer Road Trip 2022 | Tyne Cot Cemetery | Belgium

Summer Road Trip 2022 | The Menin Gate | Ypres | Belgium

The Menin Gate, Ypres The Menin Gate dominates Ypres and it is probably the one Great War memorial that most people have heard of. It is also probably the most visited Great War memorial on the Western Front (see my post here about the daily Last Post Ceremony). The Menin Gate was designed in classical … Continue reading Summer Road Trip 2022 | The Menin Gate | Ypres | Belgium

Summer Road Trip 2022 | Daily Act of Remembrance | Menin Gate | Ypres | Belgium

At 8pm each and every evening, buglers from the Ypres Fire Service hold an act of remembrance under the Menin Gate and play the Last Post before observing a minute's silence. This act of remembrance has occurred daily since 1929. The only time it has not happened is during the German occupation in WW2. The … Continue reading Summer Road Trip 2022 | Daily Act of Remembrance | Menin Gate | Ypres | Belgium

Summer Road Trip 2022 | Ypres | Belgium

Our first Road Trip outside of the UK since the advent of the pandemic and BREXIT - we chose the small city of Ypres (also known as Ieper) in Flanders, Belgium as our destination - a ton of British Military History, great beer and delicious chocolate. 🙂 Grote Markt, Ypres The city of Ypres might … Continue reading Summer Road Trip 2022 | Ypres | Belgium

Northern Road Trip 2022 | The Completed Journal

A humble travelers notebook and journaling/filler cards from In a Creative Bubble have made completion of this year's Northern Road Trip quick and effective. I took the TN with me, but didn't write a single word of journaling while we were away; everything was added once home. I kept things simple and it all came together … Continue reading Northern Road Trip 2022 | The Completed Journal

Northern Road Trip 2022 | Claife Viewing Station

Lake Windermere The plan had been to visit Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter, but we arrived to discover that we should have booked and that the site was full. So we circled the carpark and then carried on a few more miles up the road to the Claife Viewing Station. Claife Viewing … Continue reading Northern Road Trip 2022 | Claife Viewing Station