August 27, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

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I'm taking one more week away from What's Up Wednesday, but I'll be back again next week, I promise! For now, I'll leave you with some fun photographic evidence of what I've been up to for the past couple of weeks. ☺ (Note: this was a battlefield tour of Western Europe, so many of the photos are taken at monuments and cemeteries significant to Canadians. We did lots of fun stuff as well, but these moments captured at the various monuments and cemeteries are by far the most meaningful to me.)

I'm on the far left, playing my snare drum at the base of the Eiffel Tower.
The ground was so slippery, I almost did the splits on the march up. 0_o

Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre in Paris. It was ridiculously crowded with people, but so worth seeing.

On Juno Beach in Normandy, France, where Canadian troops landed on D-Day in June of 1944.
It was a huge honour to pay our respects here and to play in a service for Acadian soldiers of WWII.

We also visited Omaha Beach in Normandy where American troops landed on D-Day.
This was a truly beautiful cemetery, though the number of graves was staggering.

Marching with the band to the Vimy Memorial at Pas-de-Calais, France.
(The memorial is dedicated to the Canadian soldiers who fell in WWI.)
Not long after this photo was taken, we got drenched in an all-out downpour.

Taking part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. There were roughly 2000 people present!
(This ceremony has been held every day since 1927 with the exception of the years of occupation during WWII.)

Brooding Soldier memorial at Vancouver Corner in St. Juliaan, Belgium.
(This is a Canadian WWI monument to honour our fallen soldiers.)

Playing a set at Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery just north of Antwerp, Belgium.

So, yeah. It was a fantastic trip all around and something I will never forget as long as I live. We have a ton more photos (1500+), but I promise I won't bombard you with all of them. Maybe a couple here and there... Hope you're having a wonderful week! 


  1. Your pictures are just awesome!!!!!!!

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVVVVVVVVVE the pictures :-) So happy you had a great time!

  3. Oh my gosh, I love the photo of you on Juno Beach! It's awesome to see all these after hearing about your trip the other night. I'll have to show Liam because he'll be really interested, especially since I told him everything about your trip that I could remember. Todd really outdid himself with the photography. It amazes me that they're still so diligent about honouring Canadian soldiers there, and seeing these makes me want to take a battlefield tour even more now. I still think you should glean a story from some of the things you saw and learned. :)

  4. Amazing pics! So much history. I'd never seen the Brooding Soldier before.

  5. Those are awesome pictures. It looks like you are having an amazing time.

  6. Thanks for sharing the pics. So glad you're having such a good time :)

  7. Jaime! Your pictures are so gorgeous. I love the one of you playing at the Eiffel Tower!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous photos! You make one stunning drummer. :) So glad you had a good trip and can't wait to hear more about it.

  9. The pictures are lovely...I think it would be amazing to see some of these sights, if not incredibly overwhelming. Hope you are having a wonderful time!

  10. Your trip looks amazing, I'm glad you had a good time. Thanks for sharing

  11. Love the pictures! Looks like you had an incredible trip!

  12. Amazing trip! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Looks like an amazing trip, and what an event to be a part of, wow :D

  14. Wonderful photos! How great that you got to be part of the event. We visited battlefields and a huge military cemetery at Lijsenthoek in Belgium in December 2012, when it was cold and wet and muddy and it took no effort at all to imagine even a fraction of the physical misery the troops in the trenches must have suffered, and the people at the field hospitals, too. I found it all extremely moving and fascinating to learn about. I felt an immense sense of gratitude to everyone who served.

  15. Wow what a trip. That had to be an amazing experience.

  16. What an amazing trip! I would love to get to go to Belgium someday. My husband's grandmother was Belgian, she met his grandfather when he was over there during WWII. She had some amazing(and sad) stories to tell.

  17. Such amazing photos! Do you have any video clips of you playing? I'm so curious to hear what your group sound like!


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