Hi Sharon and Philippe,
I just wanted to say,.........THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.....to both of you.
It was lovely to meet Philippe and it would’ve loved to met you also Sharon.
Philippe: Thank you so much for 2 wonderful days. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I got to see parts of Belgium that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Your knowledge is vast and I felt privileged that I was one of the ones that you shared it with.
The Triple Delights tour was fun ate a tasty sandwich & yummy waffle (the only one I had during my stay), and got to see buildings and architecture that we don’t have in Oz, aside from listening to your tall tales......remember the lambs??? Hahaha.
The Battlefields tour was fabulous, I really enjoyed it. It probably isn’t right to say that I enjoyed something that caused so much pain and suffering to so many, but what I mean is I now have a better understanding of where these events happened, they’re no longer a line in a text book. To have visited Tyne Cot so soon after the South African internment was very moving and very special for me. It really gave a human perspective to the visit.
Visiting Langemark German Cemetery (so many young lives lost), Es*** Farm Cemetery and Dressing Station (bringing “In Flanders Fields” alive) and The Yorkshire Trench and Dug out (to have some perspective of what a trench would have been like) were deeply moving events for me. Couple that with the Menin Gate Service,which was so moving, I had tears streaming down my cheeks as the Last Post sounded. An exceptional, if emotionally draining day.
I wish both of you and your family all the very best for the future, and thank you so much for your patience as my booking chopped and changed for medical reasons. I’m so glad I hung onto my dream to visit the WWI Flanders battle fields, because I got to go with the best tour guide in the business.
Thank you so much