Invite a friend and discover the haunting past of Flanders Fields with ISIC
On November 11th 1918, the guns and mortars of World War I finally went quiet, after four years of death and destruction. This is commemorated every year on the same iconic date of November 11th. A great opportunity to invite a friend and head for Flanders Fields yourself, where Quasimodo Tours offers an exclusive 1+1 deal for ISIC Members.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
This world-famous poem was written by John McCrae, a Canadian army doctor, following the death of his close friend and compatriot Lieutenant Alexis Helmer. Helmer was killed in Flanders Fields on 2 May 1915 when a shell exploded during the second German gas attack. In the absence of a chaplain, McCrae conducted the funeral service himself. Grief and the trauma of war inspired his poem.
You too can experience the haunting past of Flanders Fields. Quasimodo Tours, who conduct the best-rated tours of the 'Westhoek', support the 'Invite a friend' philosophy of our ISIC Movement. Bring a friend, show your ISIC, buy a tour ticket and you'll get one for free.
A bus picks you up in Bruges an takes you for a full day tour of Flanders Fields. You'll see the battle fields for yourself, you'll visit impressive commemoration monuments and several vast cemeteries of the Great War.
You'll walk through restored trenches, you'll see Passchendaele and Polygon Wood and you'll climb craters and bunkers.
You'll also visit Ypres, the beautiful medieval city that was destroyed in World War I and afterwards meticulously rebuilt. Here you'll visit the 'Menenpoort', the Commonwealth Monument bearing 55.000 names of fallen soldiers who never got a grave.
Throughout the day, you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide who knows everything there is to know about what happened in Flanders Fields, over a century ago.
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