Friends had previously urged me to visit WW1 sites and when my wifes sister rang and said were we interested we said yes.I had only superficial knowledge of WW1 and picked Flanders Battlefield Tours from the internet and rang Genevra. FBT then put together three full day tours for the four of us, I will not relate the details but will say that our guides Jacques and Andre made the whole experience absolutely worthwhile. Their pleasant easy manner and perfect English coupled with their evident and profound respect for the millions who fell was coupled with an incredible grasp of the history and detail of the areas we visited. I can truly say they inspired us all to learn more about the whole of WW1.
One of the highlites of the tours for me was the beautiful Vimy Ridge memorial to the Canadians who gave their lives for us in Europe. In fact I felt quite guilty at my lack of appreciation of the amazing part played by all our allies from far beyond Europe, Canadians, Australians, South Africans, Indians, Chinese, and many more.
Although we had no relatives, that we were aware of, to search for we were intersted in finding more detail about a VC winner from our sons regiment. From remarkably little evidence we were presented with a detailed history of the soldier and were able to visit his grave.
The last visit on the third day, a beautiful sunny afternoon, was to Tyne Cot cemetery the emotions cannot be descrbed you must visit to understand!
I can only thank my luck for picking FBT out of the internet air, but there luck ends for the absolute professional and personal sevice we found from FBT was second to none and for that we thank Genevra, Jacques and Andre most sincerely.
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