Soon after we arrived in London, we decided to take the train to Belgium. We left St. Pancras station on the morning of Monday, February 27th and arrived in Brussels a few hours later. The Hotel Mozart was a small, eclectic place and was located close to the Grand Place. We spent the first night touring the centre and tried the signature mussels and fries. The next day, we saw a lot of the city on foot including the Palais de Justice, Manneken Pis, Palais Royal, and the Cathedrale Sts-Michel-et-Gudule. We really enjoyed the waffles, chocolate, and the vast number of Belgian beer.
The next morning, we went to the train station and set out for Bruges. Bruges is a very picturesque city with most of the centre’s buildings dating to medieval times. The Hotel de Tuilerieen was set on one of the oldest canal streets in Bruges. The next morning, we set out on a day tour of the WWI battlefields and monuments of Flanders’ Fields. We visited both a German and an English cemetery (Tyne Cot), Passchendaele ridge, Polygon Wood, Vancouver Corner, Menin Gate, Ypres, and the Field Dressing Station where John McCrae penned his famous poem, In Flanders Fields. It was a very interesting and sobering tour. Friday morning we headed to the train station and started our journey back to London.