Inside Ieper, Ieper
The Lakenhalle is a masterpiece of reconstruction, as is all of central historical Ieper.
It is almost impossible to 'see the join' between what was left after the town was almost obliterated and what has been rebuilt.
But if you look carefully at the lower layers of the Lakenhalle, you can see.
Some of the original stones, slightly coarser and less regularly shaped, lie beneath the smoother, fresher new ones.
It would be very easy to miss this ancient stone. You'll find it in the courtyard area of the Lakenhalle.
It is a Medieval boundary marker, amazingly undamaged by the devastation wrought during the First World War.
A 13th century charter laid down the rights of all inhabitants living inside and outside the town walls. Boundary markers with the town coat-of-arms (a cross with a double crossbar) were placed around the area where the charter was valid.
This is the only boundary marker to survive.
This building on the Grote Markt caught my eye.
It is reconstructed, of course, but its Renaissance-style frontage is fascinating.
There was once a Medieval house here, called 'Der Wulf', then it became a hotel and then the courts of justice. The building served as the town hall until 1967.
The seven plaques on the front represent the seven deadly sins.
It's a building which will repay a few minutes of careful study.
At the side of St Martin's cathedral, tucked away in a not particularly well looked-after area, lie some of the stones from the original building.
Presumably they were too badly damaged for re-use in the cathedral reconstruction. They are a potent symbol of what was lost.
The praying angels, carefully placed to face in the same direction, are particularly moving.
Walk round the cathedral exterior to find them. It will be worthwhile.
Even when you walk the route I have mentioned at must see activities, I must emphasis to look very good around and discover those things that are unique for a certain season or moment. Autumn colours can add just that special flavour to a place to make it perfect (one of a million examples). Make pictures and if you find somethings special, please let me know. I will no doubt return to Ieper once and would be glad to find out some new things.
In the list of must see activities I took the off the beaten path objects as well, just to make it complete. I hope it does not make any discomfort for the visitor of my Ieper page. At the off the beatne path I only put some tips from the John McCrae cemetery outside the centre of Ieper.
OK not quite off the beaten path but you'd be surprised how many people stay at the Menin Gate and never climb the stairs to the old defense wall above where the locals walk their dogs. You can walk around parts and get good views of town and as it is very green, it's a great way to just get away for a while and rest your feet.