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... stories like this about all the participants in the war.
Many of the memorials were established shortly after the war (it was the 'war to end all wars' after all). The one outside V-B, the Australian National Memorial, which itself is quite a powerful monument, has scars from WW2. There are heaps of pock-marks from aircraft fire all over its sides. That itself brings another interesting dimension.
Another one that stands out is the ...
... the VC Corner Australian Cemetery where there are no individual graves because none of the soldiers here have been identified.
We now set out for Amiens where we were staying the night. As we drove along we passed more and more graveyards, all similar, cross after cross. The French are obvioulsy very grateful to those soldiers from foreign lands that came to fight for them. Before we reached Amiens we stopped at Arras. An interesting old town again showing ...
... 8211; a bargain at €3000 a bottle. At the end of the tour, we of course partook in the included tasting and purchased our first (with our own money) bottle of Champagne. We decided on a 2002 vintage Rose which we are saving for a night in Paris – will let you know if it was as good as we hope!
On the subject of wine, you may recall that we commented rather critically about the fact that everywhere we go there are masses of Australian wines ...
... in good time. We were welcomed by an English couple that cater specifically for bikers. A beer and a chat and we were ready to hit the town. We found a cafe and had a 1664, which Chris could order in French, impressive! a few of those later and food was on our minds, we walked what must have been at least 6 laps of the town looking for somewhere that was open but everything apart form the kebab shop and a ...
... and towering tall above the surrounding hills and adorned by some great statues.
Headed west along fairly main roads to Boulogne-sur-Mer, which is on the Channel coast of France. Found our way to the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, which has over 5000 Commonwealth soldier graves in it, 370 of which are Australian. Charles Stephens Lewis, another of Ron’s grand uncles, lies amongst them. ...
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