BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel de Univers
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I know when I posted about traveling to Paris I said it was nice to be going to a big city. Well, today it was nice to be going to a small city. I'm over all the people, the noise, the lack of space. I think Medford may have ruined me for the downtown city life.
Today was a slow day which was nice. I still did 9 miles and my heel feels like a hot poker is being shoved into it but I still had a really nice day. I feel like ...
Leaving Amiens this morning, we travelled firstly to Thieval to begin our journey of the battlefields of The Somme from 1914-1918. The weather was cold and very foggy. Along the way we saw many hunters out in the paddocks with their guns. The hunting season in France has just begun. Something we don't see in Australia. On the 1st July 1916 The first day of the Battle of the Somme began. It was a disaster for the British army and is know as ...
This morning we had an early start for an important visit to the Somme battlefields. It was here that ANZAC troops fought in World War I. It was one of the largest battles of World War I, in which more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. Our guide took us to Villers–Bretonneux Australian National Memorial, a World War Imemorial, located near the ...
... to Mont Saint Michel - a trip of about two hours.
They are off to Giverney today although he's not interested in seeing Monet's garden...
And as he stands up to leave, his pants fall down.
As in, right off. Down to the floor.
Bottle green undies for all to see.
JA handles the scene magnificently on our behalf as we flee back to our rooms.
The morning thereafter is a straight commute of around ...
... in human history up to that time.
We then visited the town of Pozieres, an Allied bunker and another memorial dedicated to the Australian efforts to advance on the German first and second lines. It is here that you are reminded why the Somme, and the Western Front generally, should hold as much, if not more, resonance with Australians than our fascination with Gallipoli. Yes, at Anzac Cove we forged our nation's identity showing bravery, mateship ...