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... know. After months of a loved one being missing in action, could you imagine receiving such a letter? The last display was an extract of a letter written to the Australian Army, from a Brisbane woman, pleading for information about her son. Her pain was tangible. "I know he was not the only one by thousands, but he was my son just lent to me for only 35 years" Did you know that Hitler was at the battle of Fromelles? He was a runner back then. Running messages ...
... a smoke, started chatting to me in French. When he realised I couldn't speak french he whipped out his mobile and we chatted via google translate. I thought he was just being polite but he stayed with me until my train departed. And I mean he STAYED with me. He walked me to my seat, put my bag up in the overhead storage and sat down to chat until the announcement told him all non passengers must get off the train. (Well I think thats what it said) The train trip was ...
With a solid 5 hours sleep under our belt, we rose with the enthusiasm of Year 12 students who had been up all night playing WOW. Needless to say the espresso over breakfast helped. Having mastered the path to the Gare du Nord from our accommodation, we made it with plenty of time to grab some water and munchies for the 2.5 hour trip North. Destination - Brugge in Belgium. To get there ...
Thursday 31st July 2014
We cast off at 10am with the first lock within sight, but we waited ages and ages with 4 other cruisers to get in. Once inside the lock we had tied up near the back after 2 other cruisers but were asked to move forward to another rising bollard we wondered why. We found out the gate was having repairs done to it and realised why we had been moved forward as we would have been directly underneath. It started with a ...
I managed to fit in a quick day trip to Lens to see the Louvre outpost there and also connect with a doctoral student I met last summer. We met there, went to the Louvre, had lunch, and then walked to the top of one of "les terrils" and drank some champagne. It was a lovely day all around. I am fond of coal mining towns because of my own geneology. The town has preserved these large coal mountains as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the coal miners.
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The room was nice and clean on arrival. The shower was good as well.
We had a meal in the restaurant which wasn't up to much. We had asked for our steaks to be well done but they were served up far from well done.
There was also no vegetables with the meal, it was just steak and chips. 14€ for the meal and 3€50 for a glass of coke.
As our French is limited, it would have been helpful to have an English menu available as our waiter did not speak any English at all.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.