Quasimodo Tours - Flander's Fields

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Ed Hahn on August 6, 2005

This tour is done in a small, comfortable van. Our guide is the knowledgeable, Sharon. Unfortunately, I never write down her family name.

We visit the following sites in the morning: the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the New Zealand Memorial at Gravenstafel and Hellfire Corner which every soldier had to pass on his way to the front.

We stop for lunch at the Hooge Crater Museum. After lunch, we visit Hill 60, which is riddled with tunnels, and was the site of the Battle of Messines and an American Memorial near Mt. Kemmel.

In the mid-afternoon we go to Ypres to see the Menin Gate Memorial. We explore the town itself with it's re-built medieval buildings and guild halls. We also visit a recently uncovered trench in an industrial area North of the city. Our last stop is the Essex Farm Cemetery which contains the dressing station where Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian Doctor, wrote "In Flanders Fields."

I've written about the day in much more detail elsewhere in this journal in an experiences entry, "Visiting Flanders Fields." If you have any interest in the history of WW I, this tour is an absolute "must." Even if you don't have an interest, I think you will find it fascinating.

Quasimodo Tours
Leenhofweg 7
Bruges, Belgium


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