Mark Hone Posted 18 July , 2016 Share Posted 18 July , 2016 Mrs H. and I have just visited Ypres and the Somme in quick succession. The battlefield sites of both are wonderful but the experience for visitors contrasted starkly. Ypres: superb hotels ( the Ariane in our case), excellent eateries and watering holes ( such as the new 'St Arnoldus' beer cafe), friendly and helpful people. Albert: Ibis, nearly as expensive as the Ariane but light years apart in terms of service and comfort; a virtually inedible steak and dire wine in the second-highest rated restaurant in town, occasionally friendly but painfully slow service and a general feeling that, despite some good displays in the shops, the area is simply not geared up for making the most of the centenary. Am I being unfair? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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