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This morning was spent visiting the numerous WW1 memorials in the north east of France. We stated in Fromelles where we paid our respects at the recently opened Pheasant Wood Cemetery as well a VC Corner.
We then travelled in the direction of Amiens and stopped at the Notre Dame de Lorette "Ring of Remembrance" memorial and the French Cemetery at ...
... cemeteries, small memorials, specific memorials, plaques. Some are attached to the local cemetery, others in the middle of ploughed fields. Some battles well known, others not, but the result is the same. Death.
All the memorials and cemeteries are well kept, with late flowering roses bringing life into the grounds. An apple tree, with its apples ...
... describe Calais in one word is 'dump'!
After a few stops Gilly managed to negotiate a way out of Calais and we were then into the glorious Northern France countryside.
We rode for about 3 hours via Longuenesse and then stopped for a drink and some food at Houdain where we were made very welcome at a cafe called Cafe Du Bourg. The burgers were huge and the chef must have cut a stone of potatoes for the amount of chips that he ...
... map at the train station, bad assumption). Only one person in the cafe spoke a little english (yep I'm in the country) he gave me the best directions he could, they kinda worked. I took one wrong turn but found a sign pointing to the town square. The tourist office is in the town square and thankfully they have wifi. So I got onto maps, got directions to my accommodation and took a screen shot. I also managed to pick up a tourist map but its not very detailed. Clearly ...
We set out early in the day to make an excursion from Paris to visit the Vimy Ridge Memorial. I had heard only good things from other Canadians who had visited there and Lisa and I both thought that it would be important for the whole family to see. The trip was one hour from Paris by TGV to the city of Arras (population approx 40,000) and then another 20 minute cab ride to the Memorial site.
I was a little bit concerned that we would ...