Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Robin in Ypres


robin in belgium
Originally uploaded by athens2004blog.

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.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a lovely spire! And it looks from the pic to have been a beautiful day.

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.

Isn't that a strange feeling? I haven't been to any of the battlefields in Europe yet, though I plan on it someday. However, I've been to many a battlefield in Virginia from Civil War era, and it's quite an eerie feeling. It's almost as if the ghosts of the souls who were there are talking to you.

~ Cathy in NJ

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone. I think one of the strange things about such places as WW1 sites, and the Civil War ones I visited in Georgia, is the juxtaposition of war and beauty. It applied then, it applies now in all the conflict areas of the world. Time perhaps to reflect on what our generations are up to.
Sarah, Derby

Andria said...

For real, does everyone in Europe get to travel between countries as much as you, or are you just extra-special?

I consider myself lucky to get to go to Dallas every couple of months!

Andria (in Texas)

Anonymous said...

Whenever I visit Boston I find there is always a sense of surprise when I happen upon a cemetery in the middle of the city that dates back to the 1600's. Something causes me to pause and appreciate the juxtiposition between these graves of people who founded my country, set against the backdrop of the skyscrapers that are in the next block. I always wonder what these people would think of there port town now!

KJ in the USA

PS - Did Robin have a good 'birthday'?