European Vacation – Brussels to Tielt

We got a little more sleep last night, but not much – so we got up, had an early breakfast and headed out to look for Flanders Fields, although not exactly sure where to go.

We found a cemetery for Canadian and British soldiers (Sanctuary Woods) and stopped in at the next town to find out about Flanders Fields, which is an American cemetery.  Tourist information sent us to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who gave us a general idea of where to go.  We stopped in at St. George’s Memorial Church and a member there gave us the information we had been looking for.

The Canadian author of Flanders Fields was not writing about the specific American cemetery, but about all the cemeteries in the fields in Flanders where so many soldiers are buried.  We were in Flanders – which is a district of Belgium.  We were so close to the one called Flanders Field that we went there anyway.

Karen has a pen pal who lives near here, so we decided to see if we could find her.  We had to stop and ask directions several times, but we finally found her house.  It was on a country road with farms all around it, but no one farms the land.   The fields were all empty.

I know Karen had told her before that we might be coming one day, but I don’t think we phoned to let them know we were on our way.  Karen said they were expecting us and they were thrilled to see us and welcomed us into their beautiful home.  I didn’t write down what Karen’s pen pals name was, but she introduced us to her family and translated our conversation for the next 3 hours (which flew by).  Her parents only spoke Flemish, but she could speak 4 languages, and has so far never left her own country to explore other nearby places.

We found a very nice hotel nearby and registered for the night.

Pictures today are from a couple of cemeteries , one from the town and one of the family we visited.

Cemetery in France
Cemetery in France

This one is marked as France, but I don’t remember visiting a cemetery in France – so I’m not sure.  It certainly has the French flag.

Sanctuary Wood Cemetery
Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Entrance
Sanctuary Wood Cemetery
Sanctuary Wood Cemetery
Ypres, Belgium
Ypres, Belgium
Belgiun Family
Belgiun Family

If anyone happens to recognize these people (bearing in mind that they are a bit older now), please let me know.

Today is Wednesday August 6th, 1975 and we traveled 105 km.