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Walking in Ypres Salient

El Mayordomo

#MyLongWalk2019
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Camino Frances (Invierno) 2019
In preparation for my CF in the summer I am heading to Ypres, Belgium for a couple of days walking away from home. This week May 28th -31st
Plan is base myself in Ypres and do circular walks of 25-30km each day. I have booked a different B&Bs for each night to remove the tempation to leave stuff (or whole bag) in the room and head out 'light'!
Any advice on routes or what to see and where to visit/eat/drink in the are and the town itself most welcome.

Thanks and Buen Camino

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mspath

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This tourist office site should be useful for Ypres
and for a very personal account do also read
Back to the Front: An Accidental Historian Walks the Trenches of World War 1 by Stephen O'Shea.
See more here--
 
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SCT

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Porto to Santiago 2014
Camino Frances 2016, 2017
(Astorga to SDC 2019)
Enjoy your time there! I don't know about specific walking paths but my husband and I spent five memorable days there last November. We will never forget the Last Post ceremonies at the Menin Gate. There is a helpful tourist office in the same building as the Flanders Field Museum.
 

alhartman

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2005 2007 Frances
2016 Leon to Santiago
Similarly, I was brought to near tears at each of the small French village memorials to war dead on LePuy and Vezelay. A village with 10 buildings would have 10 names for WW1 and 1-2 for WW2. "The Great War"

And from history curriculum in the 50s-60s, I though USA and Brits won WW2. Now with so many Netflix documentaries, I think it was really the Russians--20-27 million dead!!

Memorial Day here in USA.
 

Jeff Crawley

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Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
Similarly, I was brought to near tears at each of the small French village memorials to war dead on LePuy and Vezelay. A village with 10 buildings would have 10 names for WW1 and 1-2 for WW2. "The Great War"

And from history curriculum in the 50s-60s, I though USA and Brits won WW2. Now with so many Netflix documentaries, I think it was really the Russians--20-27 million dead!!

Memorial Day here in USA.
We have an expression here in the UK: A Thankful Village - it's the name given to a town, village or hamlet that lost no sons or daughters in WW1. There are just 52 of these in the whole of England and Wales (one bizarrely called Upper Slaughter!). There's not a single recorded Thankful Village in the whole of Ireland nor in Scotland - they all lost somebody. 14 are Doubly Thankful - they lost no sons or daughters in WW2 either.
Most towns in France will have a war memorial. An exception to this is Thierville in Normandy whose inhabitants managed to survive the last five wars France was involved in (Franco-Prussian, WW1, WW2, Indochina (Vietnam) and Algeria without a single casualty.
 

jimmyc

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Camino(s) past & future
2015
The USA did not come into the war until 1918. Many countries including Australia, Canada and India made huge contributions to winning that war and suffered many losses.
My mothers brother was with the AIF and was killed in 1917 in Belgium.
 

Jeff Crawley

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Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
The USA did not come into the war until 1918. Many countries including Australia, Canada and India made huge contributions to winning that war and suffered many losses.
My mothers brother was with the AIF and was killed in 1917 in Belgium.
America declared war on German in April 1917 actually but, oddly, waited until December 1917 to declare war on Germany's ally Austria-Hungary.
 

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