Despite the 6am wake up and the unbelievably frosty London weather, today’s adventures bought us to Kings Cross Station early in the morning, catching the Eurostar to Lille, France – reaching speeds of up to 200km.
Travelling over the border between France and Belgium, we drove through the countryside through the rolling hills of the battlefields, arriving at our first commemoration at Spoilbank Cemetery – presented by Ebony Hogg.
After exploring Ypres apon arrival, the group was welcomed into amazing sights such as cake shops, Belgium chocolate and magnificent old buildings, including St Martens Cathedral, with its most impressive 100 meter high tower.
We continued to the Flanders Field Museum, gaining an understanding of the war through interactive exhibits and historical remains.
The group was given time in groups to explore Ypres and the Christmas markets- with options such as roller coasters, ice skating rinks, market stalls and a wide variety of cuisines.
The group finished the evening with a visit to the Menin Gate daily memorial, which brings many visitors into the town most nights. Many stand under the walls that bear the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who sacrificed and unfortunately lost their lives in World War 1.
From there we commemorated Alyssa Withers and Mrs Whitemans soldier, who’s names lie beneath the concrete walls of the monument.
Thanks for reading,
By Abbey and Grace.