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The Jewish Cemetery – Part 2


If you want to visit the Weißensee Cemetery, you have to go to the Herbert-Baum-Straße. The cemetery is located at the end of the street. These are the opening hours: Sunday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm, Friday 8 am–3 pm, closed on Jewish holidays. The cemetery is open till 1 pm the day before such a holiday. Men are supposed to wear a “kippah”, a…

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The Jewish Cemetery – Part 1


I read somewhere that Jewish graves are forever. According to their beliefs and traditions, a grave should not be replaced. You will seldom see flowers in a Jewish cemetery, but as a mark of respect, a Jew will leave a small piece of rock on a grave during a visit. Lars and I visited the Weissensee Cemetery. According to Wikipedia,…

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The Roger Raveel Walk – The French Military Cemetery


Most of the military cemeteries I have visited before are usually located outside a village or a town. This French Military Cemetery is situated in the heart of Machelen-aan-de-Leie. It is almost completely surrounded by houses. Although Machelen-aan-de-Leie is quite small, it took the Germans 12 days to conquer it during World War I. 600 French soldiers lost their lives and…

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A Visit to the Eifel – The Totenmaar


Totenmaar is actually a second name for the Weinfelder Maar. The word “Toten” means dead in English. But why is this a “dead lake” or a “lake of the dead’? There are two explanations for this. The first reason has to do with the depth of the lake. It’s 50 meters deep, and as a consequence there is not a…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – New Irish Farm Cemetery


This is one of the biggest war cemeteries of the region. You might think that this cemetery is dedicated to Irish soldiers, but in reality most of the people buried here are from the UK. The name Irish Farm refers to a nearby farmhouse. Some staggering numbers: 14,700 m² 4800 graves 70% of the buried remain unidentified. According to Wikipedia:…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – Essex Farm Cemetery


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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A walk at an eerie place


Last Saturday, The Viking and I visited a place that we will not soon forget: the cemetery of Dieweg. The Dieweg is a road, located in Ukkel (Uccle in French), one of the 19 municipalities around Brussels. There is something special about this place… Like many other cemeteries in Brussels, this one was constructed right after a cholera epidemic in…

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Seeking silence in Lijssenthoek


After having driven around in the north of France and having tasted the trappist, we came back to Belgium. Just across the French-Belgian border, we discovered the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. During World War I a huge field hospital was established in this small village. The wounded who didn’t survive were buried on this site and quite soon the cemetery counted…

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