Auberge de la Foret
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... kilometres up the coast from Dunkirk. There was a bit of a breeze as we
walked along the sea front reading the information about the D-Day landings
that took place along this stretch of the shore. By the time you read this, we
will be home – the wifi on the boat is down so no internet connection.
Time to start planning our next trip.
... themselves in this strategic position. In April 1917, Canadian soldiers were successful in taking and holding Vimy Ridge. Hill 145, where the monument is positioned, is the highest point along the ridge.
Further within the site, are the preserved trenches and tunnels from that time. From both sides. Paul went through the tunnels but I declined, knowing the limits of both my claustrophibia and imagination. Extensive ...
Today we got up in the morning and drove to Belgium. Honestly, it is not much different than North East France. There was no border to cross (because of the European Union) so we didn't even know when we crossed over! We toured some more WW I cemeteries today. They are very different from the cemeteries that you see every day in Canada because when you look at these graves, you know that if these people had not sacrificed their lives, life ...
... the bones of those bodies unable to be identified are placed. The grounds are expansive with French crosses in both directions. Inside the chapel, under the dome was an amazing painting of Christ the Saviour.
At Fromelles, another village with important ties to Australia, they are still working on the museum beside the Pheasant Wood Cemetery. This is the new cemetery where they have buried the soldiers who were found in a mass grave on the other ...
Today was spent in Ypres visiting the Museum and War memorials in this beautiful town. During World War I, Ypres was the centre of intense and sustained battles between German and Allied forces. The town was bombed so much that not a single building or tree ...