|The "goose Foot" at Niuewpoort - flooded to prevent the German advance|
|Diksmuide from the Ijzer Tower|
|The "iron harvest" - shells ploughed up by local farmers|
|Poppies have come to symbolise the memories ofWWI|
The poppy has become a symbol of remembrance for the war. Apparently, once the fields had been trampled by the heavy artillery, shells and the backwards and forwards of many soldiers footfalls, the poppy was the only thing that would grow. Poppies popped up alongside the rows of graves and in no mans land. There were many poppies growing on the top of the trenches at Diksmuide.
|Trench on the banks of the Ijzer in Diksmuide|
Ieper was at the heart of the Belgium section of the war. Over the four years it was bombarded into a rubble pile. At the end of the war the decision was made to rebuild to an exact copy of what it was like prior to the war. They have done a great job. Walking around it was hard to tell that this town was only 100 years old and not 600 years old, like Gent or Brugges. The very fact that that Ieper was strategic in holding the advance of the Germans towards the coast means that we can enjoy the historic towns of Gent and Brugges exactly as they are and not replicas.
|The rebuilt Cloth Hall, Ieper|
|The last Post every evening at Menin Gate|
|Memorial to Ieper citizens who died in the war|
|The Market square Ieper|
|Poem written by Canadian doctor in remembrance of all the soldiers who died|
|German cemetery at Langemark|
|Commonwealth cemetery at Tyne Cott|
During our tour we were also taken to another tunnel complex, a much more original version than the one in Diksmuide.
|a Tunnel complex on the outskirts of Ieper|