We left Kortrijk after a week and headed up river to Menen where we stayed on the town moorings for 3 nights. It was from here that Adrian and I made a day trip to Hastings to attend Pat’s funeral. Probably didn’t take much longer than if we’d have been at home! We left the boat at 7am, caught the 9.20am tunnel train. We got back to the boat by 7.30pm in time for a beer and kebab & chips (only place open) with Chris! A long day but really glad we made the effort.
Menen is in Belgium but is linked to Halluin which is in France. Whilst walking around we discovered a church with the most amazing stained glass windows!
I also found an excellent swimming pool 5 mins walk from the mooring!
Onwards to Deulement on Friday – Adrian was glad to leave the noisy neighbours behind!
Lots of commercials on the river!
Deulement is a small harbour outside a small village. Nothing there basically but at least we were off the river. The wash from the commercials going past can be quite disturbing and noisy. Since they start from about 6am it can interrupt one’s sleep!
We all went to visit the WW 1 cementery at Messines Ridge. Many New Zealanders are buried here following the Mine Battle of 7 June 1917 when the NZ division, with other troops, succeeded in capturing the Mesen salient from the Germans. Whilst we were there we saw preparations for a reception by the NZ Consulate to thank locals for the Anzac Day celebrations the day before. Impressive how efforts are still made to remember and recognise those lost in 1914-1918 war.