Monthly Archives : November 2012

Ypres Salient Car Tour – Monument Francis Ledwidge

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In the beginning of the 20th century, Francis Ledwidge wrote a poem called Soliloquy: When I was young I had a care Lest I should cheat me of my share Of that which makes it sweet to strive For life, and dying still survive, A name in sunshine written higher Than lark or poet dare aspire. But I grew weary…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – Essex Farm Cemetery

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The Essex Farm Cemetery is located a couple of kilometers outside Ypres. The cemetery is situated near the Diksmuidseweg, 148 in Boezinge. What is the history of this place? According to the guidebook, During the war there was a first aid post here to provide emergency medical care to wounded soldiers brought down from the line. They were then taken…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – The Menin Gate

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The first stop of our car route was in Ypres itself, at the Menin Gate. This is one of the best-known war memorials in Belgium. According to Wikipedia, Reginald Blomfield’s triumphal arch, designed in 1921, is the entry to the barrel-vaulted passage for traffic through the mausoleum that honours the Missing, who have no known graves. The patient lion on the top is the lion of Britain…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – Introduction

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World War I. The Great War. But what exactly do we know about this war? We probably remember it from our history classes in school. And I guess we know about the political events that led to the outbreak of this event. And maybe you remember stories that your family used to tell about it… What about the human side?…

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Inspired by movies – Haunted or not?

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Residual Residence was made in Bredene. The director of the movie didn’t have to look very far for a suitable location for his haunted house movie. He simply used the house where his grand-parents used to live. It is abandoned now, but his family still takes care of it. I found it a bit bizarre; the house is certainly not…

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Inspired by movies – Residual Residence

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We were missing in action half of the weekend, thanks to a stupid iPod and two very stubborn PC’s. I am happy to announce that The Viking and I won this epic and exhausting battle. And even happier to announce that we did have some time to be on the road and see and photograph some very interesting stuff. I…

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Kruidtuin – The sculptures

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And there are lots of them in the park! A lot more than I thought anyway… According to Wikipedia, Fifty-two sculptures were executed between 1894 and 1898, a project overseen by two well-known sculptors, Constantin Meunier and Charles van der Stappen. Some of the 43 sculptors involved include: Arthur Craco Victor De Haen Isidore De Rudder Albert Desenfans Julien Dillens Paul Du Bois…

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Kruidtuin – Autumn colors

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I actually went to the Kruidtuin a couple of weekends ago to take pictures for a photography course I have been doing. One of the many things that I learned is that I have to develop an eye for detail; you can find beauty everywhere! I have to admit that I was easily inspired by the autumn colors! I simply…

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