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Day 63

Essex Farm Cemetery and Antwerp

semi-overcast 21 °C

The first picture in this message shows the unusual chickens that were on the farm we stayed at last night. They looked like they had pom-poms on their heads and on their behinds. They were fun to watch. Reta looked it up on the internet and it seems this is a "Silkie" chicken.

Silkie chicken

Silkie chicken

This morning was cool and cloudy but not uncomfortable.

We drove from our farm stay in France to Belgium. Here we see the Belgium welcome. We are always surprised that English speakers have changed the names of countries and cities to suit themselves rather than use the names the residents of those countries and cities use.

Belgium welcome

Belgium welcome

We had decided that we did not want to go to Flanders Fields but to Essex Farm Cemetery where we believed John McCrae was buried. When we got to Essex Farm Cemetery we found that John McCrae was not buried there but that the aid station that he had worked at was near Essex Farm Cemetery. We were disappointed but share here some of the things we saw.

We were greeted by a local cat

We were greeted by a local cat

The original bunkers that were used as the aid stations were maintained. We have a picture of the interior and exterior of these bunkers.

Exterior of bunker built in a canal bank

Exterior of bunker built in a canal bank

Damp and dank interior of the bunker

Damp and dank interior of the bunker

There were some lovely tributes to John McCrae.

Story of John McCrae

Story of John McCrae

Picture of John McCrae and picture of aid workers

Picture of John McCrae and picture of aid workers

Story about the work John McCrae did

Story about the work John McCrae did

This is a copy of John's famous "In Flanders Fields" poem.

Poem

Poem

Essex Farm Cemetery is the resting place of 1,204 Commonwealth War Dead from the WW I conflict. There were no poppies there but bright red geraniums. Reta was expecting poppies as we see them growing wild all over Europe.

Our next objective was to find a car wash and somewhere we could vacuum the car out. We had thought we found one in Antwerp but when we got there we were disappointed. We looked on the GPS and found one not far away. This car wash was a hand wash place where the staff clean your car inside and out in one hour. We were pleased by that and wandered around this area of Antwerp while the car was being groomed.

- This arch was at the end of the block where we found the car wash.  It is called "Waterpoort at the Gillisplaats".  It was a gate to Antwerp at one time.

- This arch was at the end of the block where we found the car wash. It is called "Waterpoort at the Gillisplaats". It was a gate to Antwerp at one time.


The other side of the arch

The other side of the arch

The top of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts at Antwerp.  This museum is being renovated so we got a picture of the beautiful decoration on top of it

The top of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts at Antwerp. This museum is being renovated so we got a picture of the beautiful decoration on top of it


The Judicial Court House.  It has a very modern design.

The Judicial Court House. It has a very modern design.

Statue outside the Court House

Statue outside the Court House

We retrieved our sparkling car and drove to Amsterdam. We got all of our possessions out of the car and into the hotel to be sorted and repacked. We had a good supper in the hotel.

We need to leave the hotel very early tomorrow to drop the car off at the "Park and Fly" where we picked it up. We will need to do up some paperwork. We will then need to get to the airport in time so we can catch our flight to Toronto. We will be awake for 21.5 hours when our flight from Toronto to Regina lands. Looking forward to being home, just not the long flights and waiting in airports.

We will do a summary of our trip after we have had a few days to sort it all out.

Posted by A-RPoulton 12:56 Archived in Netherlands

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Silkie chickens are apparently very good for eating ticks if you teach them when they're young.

by princessaprilia

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