Hôtel balladins St-Quentin / Gauchy
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... undulating countryside.
It is almost impossible to pass through this part of France, without seeing reminders of WW1, we pass several World War 1, military cemetaries, this area was obviously hard fought over.
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... way up towards the city. We walked into a fortified city and it was like stepping back in time. We had time to walk around the city, lunch and a guided tour of the Catherdral. Laon Cathedral is one of the most important examples of the Gothic architecture of the 12th and 13th centuries built earlier than the cathedrals of Sens and Notre Dame of Paris and ranking with them in importance. It has been listed among the Monuments Historiques since ...
... duck tape patching but it was super reliable and at nearly 58mpg, extremely economical. We could have done with a bigger boot come the end but you can see why the Italians go for smaller cars in general, as the narrow roads and tight streets showed.
Overall a great experience and fantastic to see so many fascinating historical places and sites.
... the cathedral and town. They had a lot of information on the battles in the Somme and what life in the trenches was like. We had also been listening to my Great Grandfather’s recordings all day on his time here. By the time we came out of the museum in mid-afternoon it was pouring with rain. We then visited la Boiselle, the site of a giant crater made by explosives on the first day of the battle (to get an idea of the size I’ve added a photo with ...
... other calvary trained officers under his command, that their mounted soldiers would be free to charge across the open country taking all before them, as they had done in previous wars during earlier centuries, but prior to the invention of machine guns!
The reality was somewhat different, and after a small initial gain on the first day, at a cost of 60,000 British casualties - the British army's worse day ever ...