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... along. We stop for a look and then cross the river and continue driving. After a little while we notice the language and style of road signs has changed and realise we are in Belgium. No signs, passport checks or anything. Driving along this little country road in Belgium and in the middle of nowhere and we come across this magnificent Commonwealth War cemetery. Get out and soak it up and it is very moving. 250 graves with quite a few Australians. Off we go ...
... Vimy was part of and the history of WWI. She is very knowledgeable and even Dave learns something
Our first stop is at one of the Commonwealth grave yard; Cabaret-Rouge. The cemetery contains 7,655 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, more than half of them unidentified. This is the cemetery that the Unknown Soldier at the Canadian war memorial in Ottawa was taken from. There is a gravestone for him there which states the remains were repatriated back to Canada. ...
... and their congress bag which most will also never be without, that I'll be able to recognise the Esperantists in the streets and cafés. But they won't recognise me as a fellow traveller as in protest of what I consider too high a congress fee for Australians - seeing we have to pay so much to get there, and the failure of the Australian Esperanto Association to say a word about it - I go to the congress and never sign up. In ...
... may still lurk underneath. When we came across a flock of sheep munching on grass in such an area, we had to explain their particular use as safe lawnmowers.
From there we proceeded to the east-side of Arras to visit 2 small cemeteries. First was Bailleul Road East Cemetery to visit English artist and poet Isaac Rosenberg. It was an important stop for me as he ranks, in my opinion, among the great war poets of World War One -- only just behind David ...
... 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