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... to where they were shot down. Whenever I saw a war graves plaque I made a point of going in to pay my respects.
My first WW1 military cemetery was Villiers Station on the road from Bruay -la- Buissiare to Arras. There were over 1200 soldiers buried there. The cemetery was in immaculate condition, with everywhere looking extremely well manicured. Row upon row of white headstones containing the name, rank, regimental insignia, age, date of death and a small inscription ...
... be the shortest walking day so far. My angel, Laurence, said I should stay at Les Fourgs and I simply followed orders rather than check out the paltry 12kms it will demand of me. Looking on the bright side - wow, I'm now in glass half-full mode! - it means I can try to get Sunday Mass and a quick tour of the centre-ville before heading off to spend my final night in French lodgings before entering Switzerland on Monday.
I arrived in Besancon today on the 31st day of my pilgrim journey to Rome. It is 784kms from Canterbury to here, although I may have done just a bit less than this total due to taking a slightly more direct route from Calais in the early days. Nonetheless, I estimate I've walked the equivalent of 470 miles this past month, which compares favourably with the Camino to Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage last year.
The last two days before ...
... Augusta and Louis Lumière, inventors of cinematography were also born here. Louis Pasteur went to school here. Colette lived here at one time. And the Tour de France will be going through here.
The architecture of the old town is gorgeous. There is nothing I like more than wandering the little streets and alleys off the main ones, looking at rooftops, doors, door knockers, windows, (in windows ...
... old town. I'm sure we looked wild-eyed and disheveled after our brush with modern civilization, but the woman at the front desk could not have been nicer. There was a room and it was very reasonable. Our third floor chambre had a terrific view of equally old buildings including one of the main cathedrals on the other side of the river. Let the rains come - we have shelter from the storm!
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