SENIOR CITIZENS TRAVEL TO FLANDERS FIELDS

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Search for Poppies in Flanders Fields

This video includes a reading of the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Lt. Col. John McCrae (1872-1918) Canadian Army and the well known excerpt from the poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon. A doctor of medicine, McCrae saw his friend killed in WW1 while in charge of a field hospital and he wrote this poem the next day in 1915. The poem when sung has had a profound effect on those senior citizens of that era. The landscape of the region still tells the story of the war. It contains hundreds of monuments and cemeteries which have great historical significance for the people of many nations.

Seniors Find Much to See and Do in Northern Belgium

Could Flanders be Europe’s best-kept design secret? In Belgium’s northernmost region seniors will discover three small cities (Antwerp, Brugges and Ghent) where contemporary style is steeped in centuries-old artistic tradition. Flanders is just awaiting seniors to come and visit and with that good Belgian chocolate, why wait?

And that great Belgian beer

Plus they say that Belgium is a beer-lover’s paradise, with over 400 different varieties of beer, many with their own personalized beer glasses in which that beer, and only that beer, may be served. The shape of each glass is made to enhance the flavor of the beer for which it is designed.  Plus Flanders is for Senior Foodies.

And the stats right in the heart of Europe

If you enjoy researching areas prior to your arrival as per the stats of the region, it’s here. Flanders is a region of producers; determined, persistent, professional and helpful Flemish people have been driven by knowledge and skill for centuries. It is the story of pioneering and cutting edge craftsmanship. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Flanders is the northern federated state of Belgium with Brussels as its capital. It is the gateway to Europe and is located at less than 500 km from the major European capitals. It shares its own capital with the EU, NATO and numerous other international institutions and companies.

Brussels first then Flanders

You will probably start off your visit to Belgium in Brussels, the capital of the country. It is fascinating as well, especially the Grande Place and the Mannequin Piss.

Here’s a two day tour all planned out for you in Flanders Fields where you will find the world’s largest cemetery of the Commonwealth plus a huge German cemetery. I discovered in my searching that Lonely Planet has one of the most complete links on the area with 299 things for senior travelers to see and to do. That’s keep most folks busy for a few days.  Those 85 restaurants will invite foodies to Flanders as well.

The poppies are beautiful, aren’t they?  Learn the story behind he remembrance poppy. Enjoy Flanders. jeb



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