Over many years…
… I had heard of Menin Gate.
Menin Gate is probably the most well known entrance
to the City of Ypres in Belgium.
Each evening at 2000 hours buglers play
the last post for the gathered crowd.
In 2017 the spectacle was supervised
by two lions on loan from…
…the Australian War Memorial.
Originally the lions were donated to Australia
by the Mayor of Ypres in 1936.
Although the crowd was not as large as previous nights.
After the event those who wished
could lay a wreath in memory
of the fallen.
Hamilton Botanical Gardens,
The Ballarat Avenue of Honour is famous for being the first avenue of its kind in Australia (perhaps in the world) and the longest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
It incorporates the Ballarat Arch of Victory and extends for approximately 22 kilometres.
Arc de Triomphe, in Paris
…Arch in Ypres’
I had heard my Father talk of
Menin Gate all my life.
So my 2017 visit was a
truly moving experience,
to visit the battlefields
and pass along the same roads
as my Grandfather did,
during World War I,
all those years ago.
Certainly Australia’s best known arch.
Not sure how it rates on a world stage
although we are constantly told
it is recognised the world over.
…the leopard sleeping…
which neither of us had heard.
In 2018 we discovered these lions guarding a bridge
which is an entrance to a park named
after the16th Earl of Derby
on the North American continent, in a west coast city,
in a country which had not fought
a war of independence.
In 2017 while visiting the
Western Front Battlefields
of World War I…
…I came upon two more lions guarding this Gate.
These lions, gifted to Australia after World War I,
were temporarily returned for
World War I Centenary Clebrations.
I was lucky to capture these images as the lions
were being returned to Canberra in November 2017.
The word lion/s and some nearby text in Google
will find the location if I have been too vague. 🙂
…the type of fence I think of when I hear the word.
A back gate into Geelong Grammar School.
That rather flimsy fence was all that
separated animals and visitors.
A sturdy Hobbiton Gate
A Westminster Abbey gate.
My favourite gate….Menin Gate,
A Canadian pipe band…
…played with flair and gusto prior to
…The Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate
in Ypres, Belgium… June 2017.
Gateway arches into the enclosed gardens
at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand
At the time we visited MGW told me that
this yellow gate was linked to a similar gate
in a movie.
I will always remember it as the gate
into the concept Garden at
Hamilton Enclosed Gardens,
in New Zealand.
Obviously not a photo which I have taken,
however, one which has been in my possession
for a long time, because…
…it depicts my Grandfather in his role,
during World War I,
Records show he was active along
the entire Western Front and therefore
the catalyst behind my visit to Arras in 2017.
Church door, Geelong.
Could be Brugge. Only a guess.
and again Geelong.
An arch or doorway to a market square
in Brugge, Belgium.
After hearing talk of Menin Gate, at Ypres…
it was a privilege to visit last year.
This could be my favourite Belgium
doorway to a city.