With the girls still reeling from the superb introductory tour (from Salient Tours), we headed for the main Ypres museum 'In Flanders Field' just along from the central square (in sight of the Menin Gate).
It really is a superbly situated museum within easy reach of several cafes for lunch... and despite its almost gothic exterior... it is a remarkably modern and interactive museum.. full of hi tech displays, huge LCD screens and a brilliantly novel 'poppy wristband' to personalise your visit and feel even closer to the action.
We'd raced through 700km of Germany, to grab an opportunity to see Holland, Belgium whilst hoping we'd have time for the girls to experience a hugely important historical visit to the WW1 battlefields.
Thankfully the wonderfully efficient Salient Tours had a space for us, so we leapt at the the chance to join them on their morning visit to a variety of battlefields, cemeteries - a general tour that was intended to cover a real breadth of experiences. Having met us personally in their new minibus, we headed into the hub of Ypres and the hustle, bustle of the owner's (Steve Douglas) shop - The British Grenadier Shop
Can't beat a comic book, especially if you grew up with Tintin... time to pass it to the new generation at the Belgium Comic Arts Museum, Brussels
If we're honest, we hadn't planned on retracing our steps back.. but this was too good an opportunity to miss... we'd been really keen to visit the fantastic Belgium Comic Arts Museum since we planned the journey some months back... figuring the girls would love the chance to read comics (in their amazing library!) and see a Smurf house in person... but it really has so much more!
With Brussels understandably struggling to deal with the recent events, we wanted to support this wonderful city... it really is a vibrant, eclectic yet utterly modern city... Yes although it has beautiful architectural triumphs to match Bruges, it really has another side... one entwined with the concept of art nouveau and the other focused on cartoons... and where better to see this than the comic museum...
Vast in one simple word!
Having headed into the Deutsches Museum from the Allianz Arena (some 35mins in total, via U6 train - Isartor station), we stopped to grab a new 17-85mm DSLR lens for our Canon from Foto Gregor. It's been on the cards for some while, but we were delighted to grab a second hand bargain that should make some difference to our pics!
The Deutsche Museum is ostensibly a Science & Technology museum that resides on the banks of the river that runs through the centre of Munich, it has main key attractions but we simply had to start with the wonderful mining section.. quite literally down a mine shaft!
From Edelweiss to Bayern Munich in one day... and a family experience at Mystery Rooms Escape Room!!
Not many words needed today..... just good honest family fun..... free meals courtesy of the sea! Great chance to spend some time again with 'Our Tour'.... Thanks Jay/Julie!!! River rafting tomorrow!!! Early start!!! out by 8am!!!
It's well worth checking out Jay& Julie's site if you get a chance, more at http://ourtour.co.uk/home/a-mini-community-in-okrug-gornji-croatia/
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