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Cresco
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walking distanes

We will explore Belgium this May. If we take the train to Ghent, Ypres, Bruges, and Antwerp is it possible to walk from the train stations to historic sites? We need to decide between taking the trains or hiring day trips from Brussels. Brussels will be our home base each night.

Also, is anyone familiar with Bikschote? My family owned a mill there until 1915. My grandfather, Joseph C.Beeuwsaert was born and raised there. Is it near Ypres?

Thank you in advance for answering my questions.

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<is anyone familiar with Bikschote? ... Is it near Ypres?>

I don't know anything about Bikschote at all, but it is 5 or 6 miles north of Ypres http://tinyurl.com/po2msf8

Google Street View http://tinyurl.com/p96doey

<My family owned a mill there until 1915>

This road is called Molenstraat (Mill Street). I wonder if there is a connection with the mill you are talking about http://tinyurl.com/oouzdfx

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You can easily walk from the station to the centre in Brugge (15 mins) and Ieper (10?) and it's not a bad walk in Antwerp (20-30 mins), but in Ghent there is little to see on the way between Gent St.Pieters station, where you arrive coming from Brussels, and I think it takes about 45 mins to walk: far better to take the #1 tram, getting off at Korenmarkt for Graslei etc. or the next stop, Gravensteen, for the castle.

Google says Bikschote is in Langemark-Poelkapelle, which indeed is not far from Ieper: fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langemark-Poelkapelle (in French). As it says here, it is on the route of the #20 bus from Ieper to Diksmuide: lumaj.be/index.php/en/gr-trails/gr-131/kreke…

FYI, the same company runs buses, trams (Ghent and Antwerp) and metro (Antwerp) throughout Flanders, so if you buy a "Lijnkaart" you can use it for multiple trips - including for more than one person - on De Lijn in any of these places. It costs €10 from De Lijn offices or machines (there is one below Gare du Nord in Brussels) and this would cover 10 x 1- or 2-zone trips (e.g. Gent St. Pieters to city centre), fewer 3+ zone trips costing €1.90. If using this for the bus to Bikschote, for example, on boarding you would put your Lijnkaart in the machine next to the bus driver, tell the driver where you want to go, he (or she) will select the right number of zones, and the machine then stamps your Lijnkaart for that trip (and repeat for each person to be covered).

If purchasing individual tickets, it's €1.30 (bought in advance: €2 on the bus/tram) for 1-2 zones, €2 (€3 from the driver) for 3+ zones. You can also buy a 1-day, 3-day or 5-day pass, per person (delijn.be/vervoerbewijzen/…dagpas1)

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<If we take the train to Ghent, Ypres, Bruges, and Antwerp is it possible to walk from the train stations to historic sites?>

Ghent train station is about 30 minutes' walk from the centre of the city where the historic sites are. You can take the tram (streetcar) from the station into the city http://tinyurl.com/q6qp9xw - station bottom left; historic centre is towards the top of the map (around Sint-Baafskathedraal).

Bruges station to the town centre is 15 to 20 minutes' very attractive walk through gardens and woodland, and there are also buses if you don't want to walk http://tinyurl.com/nfpmagd - station is bottom left; historic centre is in the "egg" delineated by the ring road.

Antwerp station is right in the centre, and walking from there along the main thoroughfares towards the river will take you right into the historic heart of the city http://tinyurl.com/onrmslb - station is centre right, next to the zoo.

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<My family owned a mill there until 1915. My grandfather, Joseph C.Beeuwsaert was born and raised there.>

... and here it is www.molenechos.org/molen.php?AdvSearch=819

Called Beeuwsaertmolen (Beeuwsaert Mill) or Blauwe Molen (Blue Mill) or Bikschotemolen (Bikschote Mill)

Location: Pilkemstraat 26a, 8920 Bikschote (Langemark-Poelkapelle).

The history of the mill in Dutch below the picture mentions that it was bought by Prosper Beeuwsaert in 1884, then passed to his wife and son Lucien when he died in 1906. Your ancestor Joseph is mentioned further on in the history. The mill was destroyed on 22nd April 1915 and has subsequently been rebuilt, most recently in 2010.

According to the website, it is open to visitors on the first Sunday of each month.

Edited: 3:35 pm, March 14, 2014
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On Google Street View, Pilkemstraat 26a is here http://tinyurl.com/pyzx9bs

The article on the website says that the mill was reconstructed from scratch between August 2009 and July 2010. I think these 4 blocks may be the supports on top of which the mill was rebuilt http://tinyurl.com/o7k5uhl

Cresco
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Thanks so much! The website you gave me is the correct mill. I have a picture of it in black and white. This is so exciting to know it actually exists.

My great grandparents were Prosper and Helena Beeuwsaert. We hope to find their gravesites. We now plan to rent a car to spend an entire day in leper and surrounding areas.

Thanks again,

Lori

Cresco
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Thank you for the information. I see your help to many tourists on this website. The train railpass was more money than what you quoted for bus/tram. I will now investigate the Linjkaart.

Thank you!!

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<My great grandparents were Prosper and Helena Beeuwsaert. We hope to find their gravesites.>

Bikschote cemetery seems to be here next to the church http://tinyurl.com/okor2m5

More about the mill on the website of the town of Langemark-Poelkapelle, which includes Bikschote

langemark-poelkapelle.be/toerisme-en/588-www…

Cresco
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Again, thank you. When I saw the church and cemetary, tears came to my eyes. It is so emotional to know we will be there in May.

Cresco
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Thanks to Colin. We successfully visited the Beeuwsaertmolen in Bisxchote, Belgium. We also stood in front of our great grandparents' headstone at the church. If anyone needs a great meal, walk across the street from the church to the cafe owned by Did. She is a gem. We had a wonderful time in Belgium.

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