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Thursday 30 April - Bruges and Ieper

Tour itinerary

Today sees the students travel to the picturesque town of Bruges, before heading to Ieper and visiting the Flanders Field Museum.

In the evening they will lay a wreath during the Last Post Service at the Menin Gate.

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Student views

Istanbul and Belgium

Olivia Adcock and Emma Simpson

The day begins with everyone rushing to get their bags ready after three nights in the Hotel Helen. After the rush of this hectic early morning, everyone moves to the buses for the final time in Turkey to travel to the airport. I think everyone was worried that their bags would be overweight, as many had bought souvenirs in Turkey.

Once we got to the airport and went through security and everything else, and everyone was seated in the plane, that was when it really hit people that we were leaving Turkey and travelling to another country.

We obviously took advantage of the inflight entertainment and other luxuries international planes have to offer. Most of our group immersed themselves in recent movies or read a book but we were all impressed with how quickly it takes to travel to another country in Europe.

After experiencing similar preceding security we headed for our buses and began a much anticipated tour of Brussels - which was extremely idyllic. Much of what the tour guides explained about the history of Belgium was appreciated as we were able to gain a much better understanding of the country and its culture.

Soon our touring began - we drove past many icons including the Royal Palace of Belgium, the Atomium and other serene areas. We gradually arrived at our destination - the area around our hotel. Which is nothing short of incredible.

Mannekin Pis was certainly an interesting monument to experience - and funnily enough, somewhat adorable. After a group photo (which was a struggle as always!) we were given permission to immerse ourselves in shopping and Belgian waffles which were mouth watering - an absolute treat.

Unfortunately, we left this area and headed for the hotel which was followed by a very satisfying dinner - more waffles for dessert, which everyone found slightly amusing.

Overall, our first impression of Belgium has been nothing short of incredible. To be able to experience the things we have in just the past week is mind blowing and greatly appreciated - our whole tour group cannot wait for what else is to come!

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