Ypres, a small town with a big story to tell

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5th June 2019

Ypres is a quaint Belgian town bursting with gorgeous Flemish architecture and culture.

The historic sights of Ypres serve as a constant reminder of the town’s pivotal role during World War One. And though it was completely ruined by the battles that once took place, the town was rebuilt and is now a bustling tourist hot spot. Many come from around the world to explore the charming town square and the beautifully preserved ramparts.

Those who want to better understand Ypres’ history can visit the In Flanders Fields Museum, which is dedicated to disclosing the story of WW1. Another tribute to days gone by is the Last Post Ceremony. Held at Menin Gate every evening at 8pm, silent crowds gather to witness the buglers play the Last Post. It’s an incredibly touching performance that will stay with you forever. Revitalise guest, Mavis recently visited Ypres with her husband Colin and got to experience the Last Post.

“People were starting to arrive to see the ceremony, so we found out which was the best place for us and we stayed there for almost an hour before it started. It was absolutely packed with people and we had a lovely view of the buglers.  It was so worth the wait and really made the day for us…A magical, moving day.”

Day trips to Ypres are available from Jubilee Lodge during the summer months. Contact us on bookings@revitalise.org.uk or 0303 303 0145 for more information.

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