Shells from First World War

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

The MMP17 is a museum dedicated to the horrendous bloodbath that was the Battle of Passchendaele. It displays numerous artefacts from the battle, a Dugout Experience that takes you underground into a mock-up of the British Army’s quarters, and reconstructions of trenches.

the hills nearby Silly, Belgium

Great website for Silly Walks

If you want to explore the Le Tournaisis region of Belgium, this website is a good starting point. The whole area is worth exploring. It contains two natural parks, quaint villages, rural museums, chateaux, and a comprehensive network of country walks.

Flanders Fields reconstruction after Armistice 1918

Armistice Day 1918: What Happened Next?

Armistice Day 1918 marked the end of the First World War. We tend to think “phew, that was that!” and believe that people could finally get “back to normal”. But to the Flemish returning to Flanders Fields, they were greeted by desolation and danger. It marked the start of a huge clear-up of the devastated landscape.

Bowls of chestnuts, freshly picked

Grey day in Grez-Doiceau

A 7.5-km walk around Doiceau, with opportunities to harvest the fruits of the wild. No, it wasn’t the sunniest day. In fact it was grey and getting greyer by the minute. But I came back with a big bag of chestnuts to cook for supper. Oh dear, that didn’t work!