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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.
... we had wasted a couple of hours at this point. We also had not had any
food, since breakfast so were getting a bit hungry. We went straight out
and caught the bus to the cemetery going past the battle fields and
trenches on the way with the intention of catching the bus back and
checking them out. Eventually getting off at the cemetery is was a short
walk. This was quite unreal feeling walking along and then getting
to the cemetery, just the ...
... also have an impressive collection of photographs from the time.
Afterwards we came back to the centre of Ypres through the Menin Gate where tens of thousands of British and Canadian missing are remembered. We had time to get something to eat before coming back to the Menin Gate at 8pm to watch The Last Post ceremony which they have done every night since 1928. It was a fitting end to our few days visiting the WWI ...
... system, that recreate life at the front. It also has a large collection of relics on display and we found our stop here very informative.
We then drove the short distance to Passchendaele, a very small town even today, after first stopping in a railway cutting, where Australian soldiers sheltered in 1917, on the disused Ypres - Roulers railway line, which in recent years has been developed into the self guided Australia Walk.
Day 1: My first day of the trip started in Dover and we got the ferry over to Calais, France. Our first destination was Lille in North France. It is a wonderful place with nice shops and great history and is also very close to the French and Belgian border. The first day was amazing and we are looking forward to the rest of the ...
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