The Atlantic Wall (AKA, the museum that was closed)
On the 3rd of March 2023 a friend and I set out from where we were staying in Bruges to see the The Atlantic Wall. It was a fairly short journey by train that took around 30 minutes. There are many areas in which there are remains of the coastal defences erected by the Axis…
Museums of the World: In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres.
This was such an incredible experience and well worth the trip to Ypres. As I’ve mentioned before, my main criteria for any museum is how much they Inform, Educate and Entertain. In Flanders Fields museum fulfilled all of these criteria with ease. The museum is located in the second floor of the Cloth Hall building…
A Sombre Trip to Ypres.
When I was a teenager my father told me a story. I must have been around 13 and learning about the First World war at school. I couldn’t quite grasp how devastating the war must have been on the families of England and how so many young men lost their lives in a needless war…
Memling Cinema, Bruges.
When most people go abroad the first thing they search for is restaurants, supermarkets, museums etc. Me? Well, I look for abandoned and closed down cinemas. Bruges was no exception. I’d started hunting down old cinemas in Bruges a couple of weeks before I even got there. There was just one. The Memling Cinema. In…
It’s a fairy tale town, isn’t it? How’s a fairy tale town not somebody’s f****** thing? How can all those canals and bridges and cobbled streets and those churches, all that beautiful f****** fairy tale stuff, how can that not be somebody’s f****** thing, eh? A line spoken by Ralph Fiennes in the 2008 movie…
I understand that Wordless Wednesday is a thing on WordPress. So, I present one photo but no words. Though I really want to explain and expand on this photo the wordlessness has to speak for itself.
The Buildrager, Antwerp
Wandering the beautiful streets of Antwerp I encountered this guy with his sassy, defiant stance. The words arbeid vrijheid on his base. A quick Google translate tells me those words mean Labour Freedom. I spent some time trying to learn more about him. There was not much detail online or history in regards to the…
Antwerp Bunker Museum.
Hidden in a park on the outskirts of Antwerp lies this lovely, strange and surprising museum. The bunkers here were built in 1943 as part of the Atlantic wall defense shield around the coast of Europe by the German army during World War II. The troops which were stationed here in the bunkers and surrounding…