When away on our travels around Europe, in the van, we inevitably come across lots of interesting stuff to stop and have a gander at. So, not a walking post for a change, but a few of the things we nosied at this summer.
The Last Post At Ypres, Belgium
Every evening since 1928 (except for a brief period during WWII) at 8pm, the Last Post is sounded at the Menin Gate, in a short ceremony.
Strepy-Thieu Boat Lift, Belgium
With a height difference of 73.15m between upstream and downstream, it is the tallest boat lift in the world.
The Ronquieres Inclined Plane, Belgium
This inclined plane is on the Brussels-Charleroi Canal and lifts boats 67.73m vertically, along a length of 1,432m. Boats go into a large bath-like thing which keeps them horizontal throughout the lift (or lower).
Durnbach War Cemetery
We were just looking for somewhere to pull over and stop for lunch, driving through Bavaria, when we happened on this small Commonwealth war cemetery. Totally surprised by the idea of Commonwealth graves actually in Germany, it made absolute sense when we realised they were principally the graves of airmen who had been shot down over the country.
Rogny Les Sept Ecluses
Here, there are seven old locks on the Briare Canal, which were part of a huge project designed by Henri IV in 1597, to unite the Mediterranean and the English Channel by a series of canals and rivers. They have now been superceded by a series of huge, modern locks, but are well worth a look. As with most stuff, we just happened on them by accident.
Aqueduc De La Vanne At Pont Sur Yonne
As far as I can work out, this aqueduct – south east of Paris – is still very much in use.