As part of this weekend, we would like participants, and especially those seeking a Distinction, to take a series of photos for review and critique at the next Benelux Chapter meeting that will be held in the autumn, probably in early October. Armando has put together some information on Distinctions in the enclosed attachment.
Ypres is a city with a very rich and varied past. During the Middle Ages, Ypres was a flourishing trading centre. In those days, Ypres was one of the main Flemish cloth centres next to Bruges and Ghent. During the First World War, Ypres was reduced to a heap of rubble.
Today, Ypres is a charming city to discover. The citizens of Ypres have rebuilt their city with respect for the past. The memory of the war has been kept alive in the museums and the historic sites. The medieval character of Ypres can be experienced in the centre and on the ramparts.
We have organized what we think is a very interesting programme, including a guided tour of the city starting at 11:00 on the Saturday morning. The guide will introduce us to the highlights of Ypres. He will cover its rich history and show us the Saint Georges Memorial Church, the beautiful interior of Saint Martin's Cathedral and the council chamber of the City Hall. A short stop on the Market Square will allow us to admire the impressive Cloth Hall before ending the walk under the Menin Gate.
A lunch (not included in the ticket price) has been organized on the Saturday afternoon followed by free time to take photos.
For those wishing to stay for the weekend, we will attend the Last Post ceremony on Saturday evening at 8:00 PM. If there is sufficient interest, we can also organize visits on the Sunday morning to the World War 1 Memorials and Cemeteries near Ypres.