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... the weather or war. Each site was a moving experience and gave each of us an insight into the terrible consequences of war. If you scroll through the photos a summary of each site is provided.
Tonight we stayed in Orleans, it was long afternoon drive but it has cut down our travel time for tomorrow when we arrive at our first Gite in Montpezat-de-Quercy.
Compiegne to Amiens
After a restful night's sleep, we were on the road about 10am, headed for Compiegne. At first, the day was overcast and foggy, but, by lunchtime, the sun had emerged, even though the day remained quite cold.
We had an easy drive to Compiegne, where we spent some time exploring the roads of the forest (which was lovely – many of the trees retained the last ...
A final walk through the vinyards. Some fog across the valley, but at least we can see the valley this morning.
All possessions inspected and assessed. A growing pile of items to be dispensed with, somewhere other than our suitcases. Paul popped over to see Dominique, as my kettle and thermos, if not the rest of the items, deserved to have a new home. Phone calls were being made, but, the best bit, we could ...
... outskirts of Peronne. With this strategic hill won, the soldiers then liberated Peronne. It is a battle honoured by a diaorama in the Australian War Museum.
At Mont St Quentin on the outskirts of Peronne, is the Australian Memorial to this battle. The original statue, a soldier standing on and bayoneting an eagle, ...
... moved to visit the Bullecourt museum and see Jude's grandad's military cross and letters and photos that he had sent home to his family from the front. While we understand that he came back it highlights the futility and waste when you see the seemingly endless scrolling of names, of those that didnt return. We continued to Villers Bretteneax, and Le bousaille and Pozieres. The countryside was so ...