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    Floating tap on roundabout

    by shavy Written Jun 22, 2014

    The artwork that adorns the rotunda before entering the center of Ypres gets an international career
    The attractive artwork it only seen during summer months, they remove this tap in the winter
    Fluid flows water from the tap physics knowledge is too weak to understand how this possible

    Very nice and genius idea the tube below the water which really seems to float valve and that makes this such an attractive and interesting sight
    The floating tap water shapes pursued in Ypres it serves as a showcase of the Director of Urban Water Service in Yper

    Such as any roundabout in Flemish community flaunts a work of art, in the West Flanders Ypres is the roundabout with a remarkable work of art a floating tap, Jef Verschoore representative of the Flemish community water supply is very proud for this project which is a big success

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    Belgian Beer Bar - Hopperie

    by Hopperie Written Mar 31, 2014

    Ypres is located in Belgium, the country of beer and chocolate. But it never had a Belgian Beer Bar. Some of the cafés on the market serve Belgian beers but only commercialised and expensive beer.
    A new place in Ypres is located near the market (about 5 minutes) and serves over 300 beers, 7 on draft. And... CHEAP! It's worth the search! Dikmuidestraat 33 @ Ypres! (known as the old Post office). Check it on facebook.com/hopperie and Twitter @BelgianHop :)

    The 7 beers on draft! View by night. The Entrance. The logo. A map to find your way around Ypres.
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    Bellewaerde Park

    by shavy Written Mar 13, 2014

    A day with the whole family full of fun, adventure and spectacular discoveries in an overwhelming nature. The park Ypres Belgium has unique theme park, fun for everyone young and old, It is a combination of a theme park and zoo making it suitable for everyone, there are more than hundreds of animals where shown their natural habitat

    Mostly the attractions have special access for the disabled and parents with prams, some terrain has limited height for the very small adventurers and can easily explore of their own

    From the opening of Bellewaerde in 1954, the wish of the founder (Albert Florizoone) to focus on contact with animals, meanly, it was more exotic birds but gradually more and more animals came inside the park. Also the attractions part was getting bigger and bigger every year, some mechanical dolls to the recently added Huricane roller coaster.

    The park received a lots of visitor during summer and it's the busiest month. It can take a long time if you want to use or ride to some of the attractions. Weekdays are better day to visit the park but even though it can still crowded though, but it is a bit lesser than in the weekend

    At the end of your day in Bellewaerde park you can't imagine the joy and pleasure you spend in this theme and safari park and I'm surely you wish to come again!

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    Hooge Crater Museum

    by shavy Written Feb 24, 2014

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    Private museum of the First World War. At the place where one of the fiercest battles of Ypres was fought, and right in front of the "Hooge Crater cemetery" is a unique WW1 museum housed in a restored chapel

    The reconstructions of war scenes, the extensive collection of weapons, equipment and unique pictures of this museum is highly recommended!

    One can also enjoy an impressive collection of "trench art" in the cozy cafeteria
    In the new museum is also a cinema where an authentic film from 1917 is shown, filmed by an Australian soldier 12 minutes wartime suffering along the Menin, complete with tanks, trenches and soldiers in action
    The film is a unique and fascinating historical document

    Admission: Adults € 4.50 - Children and students: € 2
    Opening Hours: Monday Closed
    Tuesday to Friday 10:00 to 18:00
    Saturday 10:00 to 18:00 -Sunday 10:00 to 21:00

    The museum
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    The Iron Tower ( Ijzer Toren )

    by shavy Written Feb 15, 2014

    The tower is located in Diksmuide , West Flanders . The construction of the tower was started in 1928 , is considered a monument of peace
    On the outside, it showed in four different languages ​​in text (no more war)

    The iron tower was damaged during the Second World War . From 1952 began the construction of a new one
    The tower was now 85 meters instead of 50 meters. The ruins of the old tower can still be seen , as the crypt

    For several years, the Iron has a 22 -story. And there is a museum about war to be found.
    You can have more information about the two world war, if how the impact had in Flanders
    It can be seen in images, sounds and text
    The iron tower is primarily a place to remember

    Opening hour:
    October to March - Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm April to September - Monday to Friday from 9 am - 6 pm
    Saturday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
    Entrance fee: 8 euro

    The view of the Iron tower
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    The Dead Walk (Dondengang)

    by shavy Written Feb 15, 2014

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    If you have a car while visiting Ypres, nearby, just a few minutes drive, you will reach The Dead Walk in Diksmuide.

    Along the Iron in Diksmuide you find the last piece of Belgian front of World War I.
    The Dead Walk is a trench system where Belgian troops for four years held out against the enemy. The argument quickly got the name Dead Walk through the large number of casualties in the trenches

    The site has been completely restored with concrete structures. The visitor center will show you the life and suffering of the soldiers at the front during the First World War

    It consists of two parallel trenches dug into the embankment of the iron over a length of 400 meters
    Close to the water is the battle trench behind the support trench. You will also find here observers and shooting positions

    Bunkers, and at the end of the corridor, the German bunker, the mousetrap consisting of two observatories (sector of the oil tanks and right bank of the iron) and a few meters behind a bunker with firing positions

    At the end of the Dead Walk (Dodengang) is also one of the 22 demarcation pole placed through a public offering launched by the Touring Club of Belgium in 1921

    Open daily from April - November, 15
    From - 16 November till March 31 open on Tuesdays and Fridays

    Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm. Last entry access at 4.30
    Because of a military reorganization these times may change. Closed between December 25 and January 3
    Free admission

    Trenches The Museum and the entrance
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    Zillebeke Pond

    by shavy Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    Pond, Ypres supplies of water, since the flowering of the cloth industry. The lake is bordered by a tree line and bike path and is smack in the middle of the village Zillebeke and the historic center of Ypres

    This unique location in the park area is good place to relax especially during summer time
    Nature lovers will be able to gaze at life on and around the water for hours.
    Cormorants, herons and moorhens have their permanent home here, the migratory birds come here to rest and flora develops quite naturally.

    Also a place for the fishermen, more likely crowded during summer months, families coming here for a walk and cycling

    The Pond house is a holiday home, and there's a restaurant- cafe-bar, they have terrace in the summer which can be full if you come here for a drinks

    Walking path
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    Blauwepoort Farm Cemetery

    by shavy Written Jan 30, 2014

    According to the current registry, there are 90 deaths in the United Kingdom, of which 8 could not be identified
    Small, elongated cemetery with an area of ​​approximately 1100msq, and with irregular shape.

    It is surrounded by a brick wall, covered with white stone, cascading the different levels of the site next. The entrance in the middle of the front wall is closed with a wrought iron gate, flanked by brick pillars with the inscription "Blue Gate Farm Cemetery 1914-1916.

    Immediately behind the entrance stands the Cross of Sacrifice. In the eastern corner is a brick shelter and service building, finished in white stone,
    Under the flat roof is where the registry table, the land boards and benches placed.
    In the curved rear wall of the cemetery is a bench incorporated. The tombs are adorned with flower beds and shrubs.

    The entrance
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    Railway Dugouts Burial Ground

    by shavy Written Jan 30, 2014

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    Cemetery of approximately 16.350sq, with irregular shape, built in multiple levels. The whole is enclosed by a wall of gray-green stone, covered with white stone (except to the pond).
    On the street side fence curved wall between the two entrance buildings which are made of white stone, with small hipped and round arch doorway.

    On the fence wall are the land records made​​, as well as the inscription '1915 Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) in 1918. The entry pavilions are the metal plate information, the registry table and benches available.

    At the front of the cemetery is a circular terrace where the Stone of Remembrance and a double row of special memorials in a round face.
    Northwest of this terrace is a second group of special memorials set up in a double circle with a Duhallow block. The "Cross of Sacrifice" (type B) is at the pond.

    The tombs are spread over 8 beds and are mostly quite irregular fit. The cemetery is richly adorned with flower beds, shrubs and trees, including weeping willows (at the Cross of Sacrifice), oak, birch (including in Stone of Remembrance), horse chestnut and cypress swamp. In the southern corner is a green service building erected.

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    Bedford House Cemetery

    by shavy Written Jan 30, 2014

    The British military Bedford House Cemetery is located a 2.5 km south of Ypres

    Low-walled cemetery surrounded by fields, with effect drove to the right side, the site of the former Kasteeldreef, flanked by short classicizing pillars.
    Elongated, somewhat hook-shaped plan, the front half is determined by the system of canals (Enclosure VI with Ginkgo Bilobeadreef and ruins icehouse) and the overgrown ruins of the castle

    Kerskenhove halfway articulated by Blom Fields Cross of Sacrifice, and the back marked by Lutyens Stone of Remembrance, the latter in both corners of the cemetery flanked by ciboriumvormige pavilions

    Throughout the cemetery tightly aligned white grave teles ("headstones") in Portland Stone, uniform in nature and dimensions, including, where possible, the name, number, age and grade of the fallen

    Furthermore, in the aforementioned Ginkgo Biloba Recherche, some trees and shrubs after predominantly expansive lawns trimmed

    The Cross of Sacrifice of the cemetery
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    Voormezeele Enclosures No 1 and No 2

    by shavy Written Jan 30, 2014

    Voormezele is a village and the suburbs of the town of Ypres, about 5 km from the center of Ypres

    The cemetery consisting of two rectangular parts, with an area of ​​approximately 2650 sq, enclosed by a red brick wall, covered with white stone

    Access is partially enclosed by two white posts with chain. At the entrance wall reads "Voormezeele Enclosures No 1 and No 2 right from 1914 to 1918

    In these wall are the land records processed at a stone bench. In front is the Stone of Remembrance flanked by two pavilions of white stone, with 4 round arch doorways and domed ceiling

    The buildings are covered with a hipped roof, the cover plates are superimposed. The whole is crowned with a globe
    The front wall of the shelter buildings and the Stone of Remembrance are connected to each other via a wide paved path. The left building is the registry cabinet housed

    In the southern corner of the second part of the cemetery stands the Cross of Sacrifice. In the corner opposite is low, brick service building. The tombs are spread over two bounds

    Entrance
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    City Vests, moat and gates

    by shavy Written Jan 30, 2014

    The fortifications of Ypres, the best preserved of the town. First the fortresses no more than an earthen rampart with moats

    Later, stone walls and towers and later again they evolved into a complex with bastions, for reinforcements, moats and walls and shelters

    The tourism fortress route is 2.6 km long and starts at the beautifully restored Ammunition Dump From here the walk through the Bell gate along the Major Canal , Burgundy towers to the Lille Gate where you acquainted with the Saskamer and Gatekeeper House

    You can enjoy this military architecture in a lovely green setting, where you see many of the fisherman doing their hobby in the water

    Also is a good place where to park your car, the streets here are free and is just a few minutes walk to the big market

    fortifications of Ypres Walkways
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    St. James church

    by shavy Written Jan 30, 2014

    This church is mainly centrally located, just a short walk from the Menin Port

    This church was built on the site of the former chapel. Romanesque style in the 12th century and was transformed into a Gothic hall church in the 14th-15th century

    The tower dates from 1634. In the 16th century the church was heavily damaged and temporarily use the Beggars
    In 1796, was struck by the French state, but in 1802 it was rededicated. After the First World War, was restored to a design by J. Coomans

    North of the church, eclectic facades (two storeys) mainly with elements borrowed from the Gothic and the local Renaissance

    The interior
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    Saint Nicholas Church

    by shavy Written Jan 30, 2014

    Partially of this church has been destroyed during the renovating a new shopping center on the side part of the building

    That is precisely why the Ypres Quarter fears that this heritage could well die part. For by integrating the building into the planning of the new site is more likely that the future project and rebuild part of the church

    The choir has to be cut away as possible to achieve accessing the site something like that would at least partial destruction of the church means
    The Ypres Quarter wants to keep the current church building in an undamaged condition. It can also perform other functions, if the Educational Museum getting a new location in the future

    The building's interior is extremely moody. Two major fire windows add value. It Ypres Quarter holds no appeal for the re-taking of the religious function, but for the integral and intact preservation of this piece of Ypres heritage

    Taken at the back The little chapel behind the church
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    Polygon Wood Cemetery

    by shavy Updated Jan 29, 2014

    The cemetery is outside town of Zonnebeke, about 9 km from Ypres, and none of public buses going to this route, a car is needed !

    The nature preserve Polygon was a military training with a butte ( target artificial hill to catch bullets)
    Because of its location on the West Flemish hills during WWI was a major focal point of the Ypres Salient

    It would therefore often change of occupant , at the cost of many lives and the beauty of nature
    With the First Battle of Ypres came on October 15, 1914 to a first bloody clash in the Polygon

    Thus the Polygon Wood Cemetery and Kriegerfriedhof Am Polygonenwald expanded and created the Buttes New Cemetery just on the other side of the road

    Also served the abandoned ordnance to be demolished concrete military structures , the blackened stumps uprooted and funnels filled overcome. In the early 20s the Polygon could be reforested

    The cemetery
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    Feb 10, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    My great uncle, (Rifleman) Ernest Elgar Gordon Miles of the London Regiment (London Irish Rifles)died on the 12th June 1917, age 17, and is buried in Chester Farm Cemetery. He also has a memorial plaque in Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London.
    I have comforted by having seen both the grave and the church memorial.

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      Feb 11, 2014 at 3:14 AM

      Thank you Keith for your contribution.
      Chester Farm Cemetery is located 5 kilometers south of Ieper town centre, on the Vaartstraat, a road leading from the Rijselseweg (N365) connecting Ieper to Armentieres.
      There are 420 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. Seven of the burials are unidentified.
      As soon as VT will have opened a new tip group "Centenary commemoration of WW I" it will be appreciated to post your comment in that new "Things to do" group.

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