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To Vimy Ridge, north of Arras, Hill 145, where the Canadian Monument and several cemeteries are located as part of the Vimy Ridge National Historic Site of Canada. The only other historic site outside Canada is Beaumont-Hamel.
A different style of monument, where two towering pylons of limestone are carved with allegorical figures from greek mythology. Maple leaves on one tower, the fleur-de-lys on its twin, symbolic of ...
... train had just left, and the next one was in an hour. A belgium lady also appeared on the station and made enquiries of the staff who were doing their best to remain hidden. As it was just us on the station, gravitated together, and as she spoke fluent english, we chatted. Continued chatting when we were on the train till we exited, she was continuing on towards Brussels. Pleasant way to pass the journey home.
... and we were off! Nice flat sea - no need for the paper bag! Ferry trip about 1 hour 30 mins so we had a sandwich and coffee as that was lunch - no places to stop where we were headed!
Our coach rolled off our Calais and we were on the way to Ieper to pick up our historian Peter and start our journey. Ieper is where the Menin Gate is - the town of Ieper were so grateful to the allies for what they did they have played the last Post here every night since 1928 (except ...
... VB has a strong connection with Australia as a result of Australian troops pushing the German army back from the town in WW1, with the loss of thousands. The town has never forgotten this sacrifice on their behalf.
The town has Aussie icons everywhere - kangaroos, koalas, cockatoos appear in just about every shop, public space, private homes, as murals and at the school. The schoolyard has a large sign which reads "NEVER FORGET AUSTRALIA". ...
... in the sink and bath". "I'll have to do it over the toilet"
Well you can guess the rest...the red dribbled down the side of the glass instead of pouring into the bottle. It went all over the seat, pan and floor. It stained like crazy, the tannins in this red were super strong. I had to scrub the plastic toilet seat with soap to get the stain out, even the porcelain pan copped it too!
The lesson here is don't drink red.