"Getting to know Dadizele-because of special people" Dadizele by angiebabe

Dadizele Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 118 photos

more than a town of Pumpshiters!

Apparently people get given nick names or labels according to where they come from -- Patje, who we met at Kortrijk, apparently gets nicknamed donkey in Flemish because theres lots of donkeys where he's from - People from Dadizele get nick named Pumpshiters because a man got drunk, ate too many plum tarts - of which Dadizele is also famous for - and went and let loose over a water well/pump!

But I was blessed with being hosted by VTer Wandeljp/Jean-Pierre when visiting Belgium for the Kortrijk VT meet and meeting his lovely wife Rosa, who as is hospitable as her wonderful cooking!, who also actively host home guests via Couchsurfing.com and the Hospitality Club. Both these people just didnt seem to be able to stop the flow of generousity and hospitality! (what wonderful ambassadors of VT and of Belgium!!)

Also a wonderful bonus was having the opportunity to get to meet and have the company of a special VTer couple Coucou7/Madeleine and her husband Jacques who were also staying with JP and Rosa for the weekend.

On the lovely sunny Sunday morning following the Kortrijk VT morning JP gave a nice and relaxing walking tour of his town Dadizele, with a bit of local history and a visit to his favourite pub for a beer thrown in!

Dadizele as a Roman Catholic pilgrimage town

Apparently some time back there was some miracle or stigmata occurrence which now has Dadizele on the map for Catholic pilgrims to visit throughout the month of May.

There were flags prominently along the main street with Ave Maria, which gives homage to Mary, and many people coming out of the church where frequent services were on its schedule for the morning.

WW1 history with the Western Front only 500m away

We walked up to the edge of town where Dadizele's military cemetary can be found. The farm house in this photo is the oldest building in Dadizele and one of the few if not only that survived the WW1 fighting that went on here. JP explained that the people who lived here had been evacuated.

The information board at the British Cemetary wrote that the Germans had control over the town and area from early on in the war until September 1918.

Part of my interest in visiting this area has been to see and learn where so many New Zealanders and Australians and British and Canadians - members of the Imperial Armies or Commonwealth - died in the battles and terrible conditions that were WW1 on and around the Flanders Fields.

Much appreciated was JP taking us to the largest Commonwealth Military cemetary, outside of Britain, of Tynecot, and to the NZ and Australian Memorials, not far from Dadizele.

  • Last visit to Dadizele: May 2009
  • Intro Updated May 23, 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2009 at 4:24 AM

    Some pretty scenes there. Aren't they lucky living in that Castle.

  • Jun 6, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    Hi Nice visit back to Belgium Angela.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2009 at 3:46 AM

    Nice sculpture at the Dadizele park, hehehe...I always like reading about WWI and WWII --- such a different world then...Norman :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    A nice new page on Belgian hospitality -- and WW1 history with the Western Front only 500m away.


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