Thursday, June 14, 2007

In the Footsteps of the New Zealanders, Belgium

"In the Footsteps of the New Zealanders", a newly developed battlefield walk at Messines was launched on Saturday June 9.

A special walk for invited guests on the Saturday morning was led by the New Zealand military historian Dr Chris Pugsley after an introduction by Jeff McNeill, a New Zealand specialist on the battle who has developed dynamic 3D maps. Three public walks followed in the afternoon - one in English and two in Dutch. A number of New Zealanders did the first of these.

The walks, which have been developed jointly by Belgian and New Zealand experts, can now be booked at any time through the Messines Council (please see Bookings page) at a small charge per person. Five more free walks will be available during the Commemorative period:
Sunday, July 15
Sunday, August 19
Sunday, September 16
Saturday, October 6
Sunday, October 7
Anyone wishing to go on these walks should register their names with the Messines Council. These five walks all start at 10 am outside the Town Hall.

Guided tours of the Passchendaele battlefield and general tours of the Ypres Salient are available through the Zonnebeke Tourist Office and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele.
Please see the booking page for details.


Peter said...

I have an almost forgotten acquaintance who can see the church of Passendaele through his windows.

I can still recall the local Passendaele cheese I had at his place, must be 20 years ago.

Di, you might have given me a reason to get in touch with someone I almost had forgotten completely ;-)

womanwandering said...

I'm glad :)