Monthly Archives: November 2016

Dutch treat

    A temporary ceasefire has been declared in the war of words about our visit to WW1 battlefields. I have three more posts left to prepare and I want to take the time and care required to make them … Continue reading

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Visit to WW1 battlefields: day 1, part 2

The final item on the itinerary for the first day of our tour was an extended visit to the small city of Ypres. Ypres was briefly captured by German forces in the first months of the war, but they were … Continue reading

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Visit to WW1 battlefields: day 1, part 1

(I have found it quite challenging to prepare this first post about the sites we visited on our tour of First World War battlefields. Largely, this is because I knew only the most basic details of the war beforehand. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Visit to WW1 battlefields: introduction

During our recent travels in Europe, Maggie and I went on a four-day guided tour of the First World War battlefields in the west of Belgium and the north-west of France. In Flanders and the Somme, some of the bloodiest and … Continue reading

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Cruising up the Rhine, part 4: trips ashore (days 6 and 7)

Day 6 (morning): Our ship berthed close to the German town of Kehl, on the opposite side of the Rhine to the French city of Strasbourg. The latter is best known these days as the seat of the European Parliament, which … Continue reading

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Cruising up the Rhine, part 3: trips ashore (days 1 to 5)

The top reason why Maggie and I chose to go on this cruise was the program of excursions to interesting places along the route, none of which we had visited before. There was one excursion every day covered by the … Continue reading

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Fiddling produces one wonderful pot of food

Pot au feu – literally meaning pot on the fire – is a very traditional French dish made from beef, vegetables, a cartilaginous meat such as oxtail, water, herbs and seasoning. We’ve never made pot au feu per se, although … Continue reading

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Cruising up the Rhine, part 2: brushing through the locks

If the volume of commercial freight traffic that we passed on the Rhine River was an interesting novelty for Maggie and me, what words can I use to adequately characterise how we felt about passing through the locks on the … Continue reading

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Cruising up the Rhine, part 1: on board

It is unlikely that Maggie and I will become ‘frequent cruisers’. Money, or the lack thereof, is one reason; ship-based touring is expensive! And we’re not the ‘boating’ type of person; not sure what that is but I do know … Continue reading

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An L of a day

Our lemon tree has produced a bumper crop this year. So, although it is nearing the end of the season, we still have plenty of fruit ripening on the tree. We always give some of the fruit away to family … Continue reading

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