Hotel de la Basilique
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... the P&O Spirit of Britain ferry. Ummmmm Manly Ferry is but a mosquito on the Dover to Calais ferries. Unbelievable what they can fit on these ferries. It is like a luxury liner but with cars and trucks and stuff. We picked the perfect day to see the White Cliffs of Dover behind us and the weather was calm and glorious. It was approximately an hour and a half journey but to be honest, I was shocked when we hit France shores. ...
... br> Our final visit was to the Australian War Memorial at Villers Bretonneux.
It was a cold day with light rain, however none of us felt able to complain about our minimal discomfort when you thought what the soldiers must have ensured living in absolute hell. There was no warm car waiting for them to hop into or a quick trip to a coffee shop to have a ...
Compiegne to Amiens
After a restful night's sleep, we were on the road about 10am, headed for Compiegne. At first, the day was overcast and foggy, but, by lunchtime, the sun had emerged, even though the day remained quite cold.
We had an easy drive to Compiegne, where we spent some time exploring the roads of the forest (which was lovely – many of the trees retained the last ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...