Liesbet remembered the First World War during her visit to Ypres
The group parked on the Grote Markt, near the In Flanders Fields Museum. She highly recommends a visit to this museum, which illustrates the battles in West Flanders during WWI. She thought the museum was very accessible for wheelchair users, although she did sometimes have trouble with the interactive boxes, some of which hang too high on the walls. In the late afternoon the group had a bite at restaurant ‘De Kollebloeme’, which, with some assistance and extra effort, is wheelchair-accessible. Having travel companions providing assistance came in handy, because there were several steps and ramps that were hard to manage, and there was no additional support rail in the toilets. "That being said, the restaurant staff immediately asked us whether we needed any help”, Liesbet says with a smile. “We had a nice meal - the food was delicious. We had booked a table on the terrace and everything was set up for us to comfortably fit our wheelchairs under the table”.
For our meal to go down, we went for a walk along the Ramparts Route, before heading to The Last Post. "I would certainly recommend the Ramparts Route, with its lovely landscapes. Access to the route is quite steep, so you need a strong pair of hands to help you up”, Liesbet says jokingly.
If you are keen on visiting The Last Post, Liesbet has a useful tip. “We visited on a Tuesday. We were half an hour early and we got to hear The Last Post, but it was so busy that we couldn't actually see anything, so make sure you get there well ahead of time to get a good view."
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"I would certainly recommend the Ramparts Route, with its lovely landscapes."