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Exploring the Western Front: Trip Summary

After our trip exploring the Normandy region, in March 2014, to learn more about the World War II we knew we'd like to do a similar trip along the Western Front for WWI history. Little did we know that only a year later we'd have planned that trip and be heading...

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Exploring Normandy and Ypres: THE Battle Plan

For a trip like our Normandy and Ypres trip a plan was an absolute must. We had a ton of things we wanted to see and a limited time to see them. In the end I can't believe just how much we packed into our trip, but at the same time I never felt rushed or exhausted...

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Sanctuary Wood, Hooge Crater, and Tyne Cot

Well today is the final chapter in my travel journal about our amazing trip to Normandy and Ypres. We visited so many sites in our five day trip that it is sometimes hard to believe we were able to see them all, and so many more remain to be seen on another trip....

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St. Martin’s Church and Hill 60

After our visit to the Menin Gate again and Flanders Field Museum we decided to make a quick stop at St. Martin's Church because it was just too beautiful to let pass. St. Martin's Church Although still known as St. Martin's Cathedral it technically isn't any longer...

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A Morning Exploring Ypres

After the moving Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate and a great sleep at the B&B De Potyze we were up bright and early for our day in the Ypres area. We had lots on the agenda and a reservation for the 7:20 pm Eurotunnel train back to England. St. George's Church...

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The Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate

After our quick dinner it was time to make our way over to the Menin Gate so we could see the Last Post Ceremony. The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in the area known as the Ypres Salient. It was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield with sculpture by...

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