The Ypres Salient and Last Post

Posted by Pat on April 14, 2017 in Travel |

9 April 2017 The day dawns sunny and warm, the sky a clear blue. The fields are a scene of tranquility. Spring is blooming and trees are budding. The roads of Belgium are filled with great squadrons of cyclists. The ducks and swans share the waters with the occasional fisherman or boat. Church bells peal […]

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The Somme – Fighting The Great War

Posted by Pat on April 9, 2017 in Travel |

 8 April 2017 It would be hard to choose the most brutal war, the most dehumanizing war, the most wasteful war. Perhaps Belgium should have the right to declare it. The Great War, World War Two, the Napoleonic wars, were savagely acted out on its flat, soggy soil. The farmland over which I watch the […]

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Verdun – Fighting The Great War

Posted by Pat on April 7, 2017 in Travel |

Men who fought here called it ”The Meat-Grindr.”  6 April 2017 I drive the Western Front. Names of towns and their historic significance batter me: Passchendaele, Ieper, Lille, Vimy, Peronne. VERDUN!  “They shall not pass.”  This is the infamous Argonne; it breaths the words of Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front.” It […]

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World War Two: The Ardennes and Battle of the Bulge

Posted by Pat on April 7, 2017 in Travel |

5 April 2017 I drive the Ardennes. Miles and miles of stunning emerald green fields, the cherry trees a splash of white, just flowering out. Other trees are still in dormancy and an elegant contrast with the green and the white. Cows graze the fields, white too against the green grass. I drive along ridges, […]

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Posted by Pat on April 6, 2017 in Travel |

4 April 2017 Any kid knows of Napoleon and Waterloo. Of a right age when Waterloo is mentioned, some may think of ABBA. Even older? How about Stonewall Jackson or Ferlin Husky? I remember all of them, but mostly I think of the extraordinary general who was Napoléon Bonaparte.

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Posted by Pat on April 6, 2017 in Travel |

3 April 2017 Brussels has changed since I last visited. In fact, Brussels was the first “out of country” event I ever experienced. Way back in 1972 this novice traveler landed in Brussels with too much baggage, too high of heels, and too many whistle-provoking clothes. Google Maps wasn’t even close to being realized.  Today, […]

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Ghent – The Trois of the Ménage

Posted by Pat on April 1, 2017 in Travel |

1 April 2017 Ghent has the ‘misfortune’ of being sandwich between the phenomenal Grand Palace Square in Brussels and the incredibly beautiful medieval city of Bruges. Antwerp has its stunning rail station, Bruges its belfry, and Brussels the gorgeous Hotel de Ville. In Bruges, in Brussels, the architecture, museums, cafes and streets present a delightful […]

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