Campanile Lille Seclin
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... of Arras by the allies on 7th September 1944. There was a large fair and a firework display in the squares..
At just after midnight and there being no obvious signs of any taxi's being available, we managed to 'blag' the chef at the restaurant we had been eating and drinking at, for a lift back to the hotel as walking back wasn't fancied by any of us.
Mileage - 94 (including the unscheduled tour of Calais)
Total mileage - 302
... pontificated.....hopped on bike and lit up 175 hp to get to the last site I could remember taking pictures....it was a quick trip to say the least and there it was sitting on the ledge I put it on...friggggggg. Hmm a thing of note....not a lot of people are at these sites.....the theme is.....fellow bikers....thats it....no kidding. Soloists like me (Lone Wolves) and groups of two to three....all in bike gear.....no bus loads of tourists....no noise. ...
... Most impactful for me were the video encounters with Belgian civilians, soldiers from both sides of the conflict, priests, nurses, and doctors who told their stories, then disappeared into the dark screen. I was riveted by their experiences: becoming refugees from their own country; enduring the horrors of gas attacks, struggling with the pain of losing friends, laboring to help the injured and the dying, ...
... He found a German bullet and a fuse cap. This particular piece of land was the site of a battle between the Australians and the Germans in the battle for Passendaele. He has found many pieces of shrapnel just by sifting through the farmers fields. We then had a quick lunch in Passendaele and got in the cars to head for Dieppe. From Passendaele to Dieppe it took us about four hours. The drive, while long, was ...
... and the memorial to Churchill followed by a drive by of the Pluegsteert Forrest creator. Although John explained the mine that caused the creator and the subsequent damage I wasn't to fully appreciate mine creators until much later in the tour. Our next stop was Hyde Park Memorial and we saw our first war graves and cemetery. The first thing that stuck me was how pretty and peaceful it was, a real juxtaposition to what went down at that spot that caused ...