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... destination tonight is Lille, France which is just over the border from Belgium and in the middle of the Somme where heavy fighting in WW1 cost hundreds of thousands of Australian lives.
On the way to Lille we stopped of in Antwerp in Belgium where we relived some great memories of our last visit here in 2010. On that visit we were befriended by a true gentleman who Kate and ...
... winter will be soon. Heaps of beets in the fields. On to the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles and the cemetery there. 250 Aussies, buried in a mass grave behind German lines, at Pheasant Wood, were reburied there in recent years, and the cemetery dedicated in 2011. Crossed the border into Belgium!! Camped near Ypres, in the pouring ...
... more relaxed now. I headed back to hill 60
( http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_o f_Hill_60_(Western_Front) .
Wow...some serious craters....and bunkers all blowed up....just wandered around with me thoughts no one was there.....its left as it was except for sheep grazing the grass. Each crater was an explosion....holy ****....lot of explosions as it was nothing but craters. Very tranquil...hard to imagine the violence that had to ...
... the trenches have been filled in and even some mine craters but the evidence of this time still exists. we went and saw a german cemetry these are very sombre the stones and gates are all black, the cemetry is walled by a hedge so from outside you wouldnt know there is a cemetry here, no flowers but lots of trees and to ever cross there is 4 soldiers buried much of this is cultural as the germans think cemetrys should be like a forrest where as we see them as more of a garden. ...
... His wife Genevra researched my grandmother's war history and between them they have provided the most wonderful bespoke tour for me. I have visited the site of the 2nd AUstralian Casualty Clearing Station at Trois Arbres, not far from Ieper, where my grandmother Alice Ross King served as a nurse during WW2. It was here that she won her Military Medal for bravery rescuing soldiers from German gunfire during the 3rd battle of Passchendale.