Europe 2014

Arras, 16 May

 

  Having taken a train from Belgium to France to pick up our car, we went back into Belgium to visit Ypres. This impressive building on the main square is the Cloth Merchants' Hall. †
  The main sight is the Menin Gate, a memorial to the countless Allied troops of World War 1 who have no known burial place. *
 
 
  Wreaths were all the way up the steps on both sides of the monument. †
  Including one from students of Xavier College in Melbourne, commemorating their ex-students lost in the war. *
  The list of names is endless. *
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  Ypres also had a quite interesting cathedral. *
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  There were some houses in regional style on the main square. *
  We then went on to the Canadian WW1 Memorial near Vimy. †
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  Just across the road is this memorial to Moroccan troops used as cannon fodder by the French generals. †
  Arras was a pleasant enough town for a brief stop. This is the Town Hall. *
  The main square has this row of matching houses, rebuilt in Flemish style after WW1 destruction. *
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  And, of course, it has its own war memorial. †

After our overnight in Arras, we set off for Jumièges.

 

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