Fattyowls Posted 9 September , 2018 Share Posted 9 September , 2018 On 07/09/2018 at 12:17, Knotty said: A photographic tour of the Salient?..... Who’s organising?.....When?..... Cost? Now see what you have gone and done to my over active imagination........ I caught the Eurostar to Brussels and met up with Marilyne there. There was rather too much jeapoardy in making my connection between London Euston and St Pancras due to the late running of the Virgin service, but I managed to make my train just in time. Despite my hotel being too close to the Sunday morning vegetable market and most of the westward roads being closed we got to Ieper and parked up across the moat from the ramparts. I was almost inconsolable when we found that the fresh waffle outlet opposite the Cloth Hall was shut, but I choked back the tears and Marilyne got the number for the gate at St Eloi in the museum. We then worked our way down the line of the Messines operation from the building site that was Hill 60 to Ploegsteert Wood, had a late lunch at L'Auberge (waffles and ice cream) and then explored the wood after a trip to Prowse Point. This is where I took this rubbish photo from the Chrismastruceweg, I would be interested to see Marilyne's equivalent. The dial on my camera which selects mode had moved and the result was grainy. I didn't notice this until 36 hours later, cue loads more pixelated images. Marilyne dropped me off at the Holiday Inn in Englos outside Lille and I spent the next couple of days exploring the Lys valley in the company of my French friend Jack. I noticed the setting on the camera just too late to save a photo of Le Trou Aid Post, possibly the most beautiful cemetery I know, and up there with Ramparts. I got the train back from Lille Europe and the whole trip was excellent, apart from the fresh waffle shortfall situation of course. At the risk of embarrassing Marilyne she is brilliant company and hugely knowledgeable. I'm sure we could organise something involving trains, planes or automobiles. I'm a danger to myself and others on continental roads (actually I'm a danger to myself and others period) so I'd pass on the automobiles bit, but Marilyne's tank is very comfortable, and you would get to meet the Famous Belgian Marching Bear, which was a highlight for me. Pete. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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