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Visiting Ypres in winter
The Christmas Market season is in full swing and Belgium has some beautiful and well-known markets, but I am trying to explore the relatively new ones that are becoming very popular in Belgium. One of them is the Christmas Market in Ypres. Roughly 1.3h away from Brussels, the city of Ypres is well known for some of the biggest battles of World War I. At that time Ypres was the center of intense and sustained bombardment between German and Allied forces. To this day there are memorials dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives, in and around Ypres. From the end on November, this city, which holds such a political and historical value, is becoming a city of holiday delights. The market is fairly small and consists of Christmas chalets where vendors are selling winter clothing, a wide selection of beer, and lots of food and hot glühwine. The ice skating rink is a good size and like at the other markets, the prices to rent the skates are very low. For the smaller children, who cannot enjoy the ice skating rink, there is the option of riding a lovely merry-go-round. The city did a wonderful job decorating the center; there are lit evergreens, lights illuminating the streets in and around the center. There is an opportunity to ride beautifully decorated caravans pulled by draft horses, for free. Shops selling local products, local and novelty beers, are at every step, as well as restaurants and cafes.
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