Tag Archives: Belgium

The Other Side

  Remembrance Day is tomorrow – in Canada anyway. When we moved to Germany I was surprised to discover that Germans don’t remember their war dead on November 11. Germans will take time to remember next Sunday. Growing up as a Canadian I never thought much about the casualties on the other side. Which made […]

Tonight At Menin Gate

It is Flashback Friday, with a post from five years ago. Today seemed like a good time to provide a reminder of the Great War. Tonight at 8, for the 29,758th time (31,583rd time in 2019), the Last Post, the traditional salute to fallen warriors, will be played at the Menin gate in Ypres. It’s […]

Still Brooding

A flashback for this Monday morning, a post originally published in October 2014.    One of the highlights of the Belgian leg of our tour of Europe was the Brooding Soldier at St. Julien. After Vimy Ridge this may be the biggest, best known, Canadian war memorial in Europe. It is a poignant site, a […]

Brussels Street Scenes

Just some pictures today. I wasn’t sure what to post, but I knew it had to be something that wouldn’t take time I didn’t have available. That meant I couldn’t edit one of my almost finished posts. So I grabbed these random photos from a trip to Brussels five years ago. I like Brussels, which […]

Pondering Broken Relationships

I’ve posted this before, but the topic was on my mind again today. It was one of the first things I wrote when this blog became a regular thing for me back in 2014. I’m a political junkie, but this display was the highlight of my visit to the EU Parliament building in Brussels. At […]

Playing The Last Post

With the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War coming up this Sunday, I thought I would revisit some older posts related to that conflict. This one was published on November 10, 2014. It has been four years  – tonight is actually the 31,220th time the ceremony has taken place.    Tonight […]

Revisiting The Trenches of Passchendaele

With the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War coming up this Sunday, I thought I would revisit some older posts related to that conflict. This one was published four years ago today – November 8, 2014. The years between 1914 and 1918 were the wettest Europe experienced during the 20th century, […]