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It absolutely bucketed down with rain last night while we were out having our evening meal so we weren't sure what to expect this morning. We woke to cloudy skies but dry tarmac. It was fairly evident straight away (without venturing outside) that the wind had picked up significantly.
I think we were on the road by around 09:00. We found our route out of Arras without difficulty but it wasn't long before we had a storm to contend ...
We set off fairly up to time from our delightful hotel very full after a breakfast that has set the bar from now on , no parking tickets but about 1 kg of birdshit on the car. First stop Pasendale's Tyne-Cot allied war cemetery there not sure how many thousand I think 12,000 buried of whom 8,367 are unnamed , 33, 783 commemorated but never located. The museum was very simple in the style of a couple of remaining bunkers some letters, both sides, and a voice reading out names ...
The second leg of Winkel to London was much the same as the
first only shorter. Our route took us along the freeways via Reims, St. Quentin
and on to Calais after which we headed South for a few kilometers to a small
coastal village called Escalles. When I say small, I mean small. Two or three
restaurants, a campsite and a road to the beach.
Of course, not ...
... about 10:30 p.m but had gone out again by midnight, energy saving at its best. During our drive to Verdun we saw huge fields of sunflowers which looked amazing. Our first stop on arriving in the area was at the Ossuaire de Douamont. This is a large memorial tower commemorating the battle which lasted 300 days in 1916 and cost 230,000 dead. One of the most unusual parts of this memorial is that they have the bones of over 130,000 'uknown' soldiers - French, German African and ...
... Jacques Cousteau about 20 years ago. It certainly was interesting and very well set out, although we found the first part to be rather dark and a bit oppressive. Unfortunately, as well, it appeared to be every French school's trip day and we were surrounded by noisy little people. Eventually they moved on and it was much more pleasant. We spent almost 3 hours there wandering around looking at the sharks, turtles, rays, and ...