We start at the centre of Ypres. From there we depart on a tour around specific landmarks of the Ypres salient of the First World War. First up are the old fortifications of the city. Built over the course of several centuries, the fortifications around the city were formidable and are still quite relevant to the story of Ypres. Second is the Essex Farm Cemetery to visit the field hospital bunkers and the place where the famous "In Flanders Fields" poem was written. Then onward to the Yorkshire trench and dugout. A preserved trench in the middle of an industrial zone that shows how history and society recover from such horrors. As we continue along the frontline we come across more cemeteries of varying size, each an indication of a battle that took place in the direct vicinity, until we come to a bunker in the middle of a field. This bunker was the largest German bunker of the Ypres Salient, and together with 6 other bunkers in the area shows just how well the Germans had dug in the area. Following this bunker system we reach Houthulst, which was another German stronghold on top of one of the highest points of the area. We finish at the German cemetery of Langemark to highlight the German side of the war, which is often overlooked. Finally we return to the city center where the guests can continue to the In Flanders Fields museum if they wish.
I'm a quad-lingual, native English and Dutch, fluent German and French speaking Belgian with a degree in history who has over 5 years of experience teaching English, History and Geography in English immersion in the French-Belgian public school system. Every year I lead classes of 45+ teenagers through Flanders Fields and shown them pieces of history that were off the beaten path. From those classes I have experience in catering the language of the tours to different language levels. My passion for the First World War has lead me to Ypres countless times and since I got my driver's license I've shown small groups around almost monthly. I know the area well so can also cater to different styles of historical interest. I recently left a broken educational system and want to transfer my knowledge and passion to the public of all ages.
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We start at the center of the city. You'll immediately get that medieval feel of the area. The middle of the tour is in the countryside that used to be no-man's land but is now a thriving agricultural sector. We get to see how the farmers deal with the leftovers of the war, preserved trenches in the middle of an industrial park. We finish the tour back in the center, with food and drink options, as well as the superb In Flanders Fields museum.
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