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... 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 ...
... 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 ...
Train to Ieper/Ypres. On the station, an older couple arrived who turned to us for help. Ha! Anyway, they were Canadian, so we could communicate and confirm that they were on the correct platform. They were heading to Poperinge from where they planned to explore the Ypres Salient on bikes. During the conversation, learnt that not only did she grow up on PEI, but her grandmother came from Newfoundland! ...
... The landscape is also very striking as all the craters and uneven ground has been left which is very unusual. We walked to the tunnels, but did not do the tour, just wandered through the trenches which is pretty neat. The whole area is lovely even though it must have been hell during the war it is very peaceful and calm now. Aaron enjoyed it and Ripley was even feeling better by the end. A smooth drive home to can you believe sunshine in Gonneville? A momentous day in. More than one ...
... in Bosnia-Herzegovnia and had endured a root canal done with a fork and no anaesthetic, gave us a quick briefing on the background to what we'd be seeing, and then we set off. He handed out photographs of a destroyed Ypres, and photographs of what the Menin Poorte looked like before the Menin Gate memorial was built (i.e. during War time). Our first stop was Essex Farm. Named for the Essex in Ontario, not England, it was the site of hard fighting during ...