Hotel de la Basilique
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No matter where you drive, you always see wind turbines. Sometimes a few, sometimes fields or rows of them. As we drive towards these scattered locations, notice the fields have drying corn, others sprouts of green or some obscure green crop. Piled ready for collection are gigantic heaps of sugar beet and potatoes, enormous haystacks, even though there's limited livestock seen, and farmers busy ploughing, cutting, gathering.
... among the graves.
Dernacourt, Jeancourt, Grevilles. Each cemetery has its own register, for those buried and those whose names are inscribed on the memorial. We recorded our visit and the soldier searched for on Lyn's behalf. Initially I was doing a friend a favour and out of curiosity, but it soon became personal to locate each and every one.
... entire thing was rather pointless really.
The Somme is so flat and open, it is abundantly clear why trenches were needed as there is no other cover. Amazing to think what happened there during the war. I wasn't sure what I expected it to look like, but when I hopped off the bus, I just knew that it was the Somme.
We then drove to the Australian war memorial at Villers Bretonneux. Only the Australian's go there as we met all the ...
Rained all night and looks like it wouldn't change during the day. First stop was the Newfoundland Park at Beaumont Hamel where I took a self guided tour around the battle site. Then stumbled on the NZ Memorial at Longueval before getting to Deville Wood where the South Africans have their memorial & museum. Then back to ...
... line trenches only 100metres or so away from where the German trenches were and learnt about the life in the trenches and their systems. Every evening in the Somme we have returned to one of the towns and back to one of the beautiful and incredible churches for a concert. We have visited Amiens, villers ...