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Today was one of those days that make you appreciate the ease of travel around Europe compared to the distances we travel in Australia.
This morning our day started with breakfast in Germany followed by lunch in the Netherlands, afternoon tea in France and dinner in Belgium! The time it takes us to drive from Proserpine to Rockhampton we drove through 4 different countries!
We were given the most amazing French breakfast of delicious yoghurts, fresh fruit, croissants and chocolate pastries, cake, baguettes and serval home made jams.
We went to Le Quesnoy because of a children’s book of this title written by NZer Glynn Harper about 3 years ago. Will’ s class at the time reenacted the story of the small French town saved by a NZ regiment from the Germans in WW!. Dring this time we discovered ...
... the course of the war everything was flattened and destroyed.
Our next stop was Tyne Cot cemetery the largest British and Commonwealth war cemetery with almost 12000 buried here. There is also a large wall at the back with the names of almost 35000 british soldiers with no known grave. All these cemeteries are beautifully kept nd it is hard to imagine the carnage and horror that was endured here.
We then moved onto a Hill 60 where the tunnelling units were. For those ...
From there we decided to walk the 2km out of town to the Australian War Memorial. On the way out there were roadworks and the road was closed by rollers, excavators, graders, trucks and loaders, but the site manager waved us through (on foot), telling us to be careful of the machinery. Only in France.
The war memorial is set on a low hill that was captured by the Australian troops during the battle for VB. It is a very ...
... large coaches bringing thousands of tourists to trawl through a very touristy group of shops and restaurants. On the last day we went as a group to a cheese farm to learn about Dutch cheese-making. The best part was the tasting at the end. The worst part was riding from the boat to the cheese farm for about 5 km as a group. I don't think any of our fellow riders had ridden in a group before!!!! On board we enjoyed the company of our Italian companions Daniele ...