The First World War continues to have an impact on those today. Discover the stories behind the battlefields of Flanders and the Somme for an important historical trip. It will be a harrowing trip, that will show you the scale of tragedy and human sacrifice during the Great War.
Around Ypres, there are many cemeteries and memorials, which remember those soldiers who lost their lives. Be sure to go to the ‘Last Post Ceremony’ in Ypres where each night, at 8pm the Last Post is played at the Menin Gate. which commemorates the men who were never found. Also visit the Battlefields of Flanders – this was the main British battlefront in World War I where more than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers died.
The Flanders Fields museum gives an excellent overview of World War One. A visit to this museum is more like an experience, which gives you a deeper understanding of what daily life was like during the war. It can be quite a difficult day that may have a profound impact on you.
The Wellington quarries at Arras offer underground tunnels and chambers used by the British Army during the battle of Arras in 1917, and dug for them by the New Zealand Tunnellers. The existing network is of remarkable length and excellent condition. These undergrounds were also used by the British during World War One to install a small hospital.
Paris was an important city throughout the war but was spared German invasion. You’ll find Paris hotels close to many of the memorials in the centre of the city, so be sure to go to one of these to remember the dead.
To discover the fascinating history of warfare in this region, stay in one of the nearby hotels in Bruges or Paris. To have somewhere to reflect, it may be best to stay in one of the hotels on the backstreets.