robin in belgium
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Hey up folks
This picture was taken on Sunday in Ypres, a lovely little town in the Flanders part of Belgium.
I was over there with my wife and my grandad, who we took away for the weekend. The mediaeval city of Ypres was very much in the thick of the action during World War One (it was called Wipers by British soldiers) and we went to a very thought-provoking trench that has been preserved since 1917.
It was quite moving to walk down the trench and imagine who'd been in there all those years ago and what they'd been feeling. Around a quarter of a million men from the Commonwealth lie in grave sites in Flanders - mind-blowing to imagine.
But it was also a very pretty town and we managed to have a lovely time exploring the fair that was going on and eating some great Belgian food.