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... the French and the Scots and this small town expresses that relationship. The ceremony included Scots from Edinburgh and elsewhere and local French dignitaries and school children. One had the feeling watching that most of these people knew each other and had met here for many years.
There were kilts galore, and bagpipers, and readings and laying of wreaths (both the French and members of the United Kingdom are very big on wreaths - ...
... built to carry freight carrying barges. In the south and middle part of France, the freight carrying role ended sometime after WWI, and most of the canals there are used for pleasure craft. The big rivers, like the Soane and Rhone still carry commercial traffic.
In the north, on the canals that come in from the English Channel, and the ones that go from the Netherlands and Germany into France, there is still a serious amount of ...
... and we did so for the most part. There are always a few quirks with driving as directions, maps and reality do not always equate. So while we ended up on an unexpected back road, we did come across a bunker, a large chateau, and a pair of pheasants. We arrived at Beaumont-Hamel shortly after 9am and were probably among the earliest visitors that day, though by the time we left the parking lot was beginning to fill up and a bus trip filled with British ...
... where the attendant wasn't on a productivity bonus because all the other booths were clearing there queues at the rate of 4 to every one of ours!!
Anyway, onto the ferry and onwards to France. The trip took about 90 minutes and then we were in Calais.
Courtesy of Gilly's errant Satnav we had an unscheduled tour of Calais. Lots of refugees were hanging about the ferry terminal and wandering aimlessly around the town. The best ...
... not. Thankfully I'm travelling light these days, however my new bag is drunk. It has wheels but the slightest alteration in terrain and it wobbles all over the place. I walked around town for half an hour until I found a little cafe. I know I'm in the country because almost everything is shut on sunday. I asked for vino, got a caffe instead. After my coffee I asked for directions to the town square (should have printed a map before I left Paris but I figured there would be ...