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... themselves in this strategic position. In April 1917, Canadian soldiers were successful in taking and holding Vimy Ridge. Hill 145, where the monument is positioned, is the highest point along the ridge.
Further within the site, are the preserved trenches and tunnels from that time. From both sides. Paul went through the tunnels but I declined, knowing the limits of both my claustrophibia and imagination. Extensive ...
... in random conversation, then discovered that she was the current Poet Lauriet for PEI. Dianne Hicks Morrow. Nothing like being thrown out of first class together to stimulate conversation! Could have kept talking to her for hours.
Arrived to find all the roads and pedestrian precincts close to the station under repair.
We'd been told that the "In Flanders Field" museum could take about 90 min. ...
... the course of the war everything was flattened and destroyed.
Our next stop was Tyne Cot cemetery the largest British and Commonwealth war cemetery with almost 12000 buried here. There is also a large wall at the back with the names of almost 35000 british soldiers with no known grave. All these cemeteries are beautifully kept nd it is hard to imagine the carnage and horror that was endured here.
We then moved onto a Hill 60 where the tunnelling units were. For those ...
From there we decided to walk the 2km out of town to the Australian War Memorial. On the way out there were roadworks and the road was closed by rollers, excavators, graders, trucks and loaders, but the site manager waved us through (on foot), telling us to be careful of the machinery. Only in France.
The war memorial is set on a low hill that was captured by the Australian troops during the battle for VB. It is a very ...
... large coaches bringing thousands of tourists to trawl through a very touristy group of shops and restaurants. On the last day we went as a group to a cheese farm to learn about Dutch cheese-making. The best part was the tasting at the end. The worst part was riding from the boat to the cheese farm for about 5 km as a group. I don't think any of our fellow riders had ridden in a group before!!!! On board we enjoyed the company of our Italian companions Daniele ...