Outside Ieper, Ieper
Grab yourself a bicycle at the train station in Ieper...The surrounding countryside is beautiful and perfect for a ride exploring War Memorials or just to change up your pace of life for a day or two...and get yourself out into the countryside...
There are many towns within kilometers of each other...you would be hard pressed to find yourself stranded anywhere within a few hours or even minutes of Ieper...Its perfectly safe...depending on our fitness level and your ability to ride...
There are marked routes to follow if you so choose..these routes are created for vehicles but the roads that I traveled on are certainly safe for cycling..
You can grab a map at the Information Center in the Lakenhalle or Cloth Hall...
The castle (in Normandic style) was constructed on the grounds of a former Augustine abbey after World War I. It was acquired by the city in 1980 and since then open for the public. It is located next tot the church of Zonnebeke (Ieperstraat 5). A walk in the park (the pond is the source of the river Zonnebeek) is a nice way to bring your mind to peace.
In the 10 ha park one can follow a nature trail, giving much attention to different species of trees.
Location : Meenseweg 497 - Zillebeke
(Along the road to Menin / Menen)
A great theme park (+ animal park) for the whole family.
There are some great rides like the Boomerang, the Screaming Eagle, the Beetle rollercoaster, El Volador, . . . .
Get wet in the Bengal Rapid River, or in the River Splash
More in info on this great park in the near future at my Zillebeke page
After a walk across the ramparts of Ypres, we were too early to attend the Last Post performance and thus we entered the pub 't Klein Rijssel for a drink. When entering we immediately remarked a man dressed in an old-fashioned military uniform. We crossed, found a place on the terrace, and had our drinks. A few minutes later the uniformed man crossed our seats and I asked him if we had missed or if we might expect one or another performance. Then he said: "No, I'm on my way to Waterloo. I just stopped by to show my uniform to the host's son. I'm dressed as a Wellington Rifle and I will attend a revival of the Battle of Waterloo"
He showed us his replica of the rifle (made in India) and bajonet and demonstrated the shooting position of these soldiers.
Visiting a famous "Cheese factory" called Passendale
The "Oude Kaasmakerij" or how milk in life is important has been written history for almost as long as anyone can remember.
Cleopatra, the divine queen ruler of Egypt is a witness.
According to scores of tradition, Cleo the charming queen of Egypt owed her beauty to the fact that she bathed in asses milk every day.This milk contains no casein. It is certainly possible to bathe in asses' milk, in contrast to cow milk.
Asses' milk doesn't turn into a mass of thick dirt on account of different temperature and constant movement
Brugge is a very easy and compact place to get around on foot. Although you can take a canal boat ride, which we did, or even hire a bicycle. We stayed in a really nice Guest House that offered Bed and Breakfast. Please see my Brugge page
If you have enough of the memories about the war or if you're travelling with children, then Bellewaerde is the place for you!
It's a very nice attraction park for everyone. You have thrill attractions, water attractions, attractions for children, ...
Bellewaerde Park is about 10 km away from Ypres.
Adults pay 24€, children from 3-11 years old pay 18,50€ and babies have free access.
A nice and renovated church - somewhere in the middle of nowhere - but in the Flanders Fields anyhow ! A lot of friends and business partners came here on november the 22nd to give "Claude" a last salute ! May God carry him with his mercy !!
A statue of Holy Antonius - a child looking at him and bedded on the holy bible ! A reason to frame it !! In a church where "Claude" was buried - a friend and business partner of me -
may God carry him with his mercy !
Around the St-Nicolas church (1928) of Mesen flower the poppies, symbol of the Great War in Flanders.
If you are visiting Ieper then only 40 miles north east, about a 45 minute drive is the lovely city of Brugge, with its canals and such wonderful buildings.
Beselare - a small city in the triangle of Wervik /Roeselare and Ieper - west of flanders !
The market place ! A statue of a witch - donation of the "Zonnebeekse Heemgilde" in 1988.
In Beselare, part of Zonnebeke, every 2 years a witches' parade takes place on the last sunday of July.