Hotel de la Paix
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... avoiding it. Plus it’s more expensive. I think it went well. The waitress didn’t laugh at me so that was good….
I spent a lot of time walking around Lille’s touristy center today and less time in museums. I’m trying to give myself a bit of a break so I won’t get numb to what I see. I did however go to one museum today as, according to whomever I used to do my research for places to go (translation: I ...
... were 17C chalk mines. The allies decided to use the tunnel to bring the soldiers right up to German lines and surprise attack hoping for a decisive win in July 1917. The generals estimated it would take 7 days; it took 16 weeks to lose. Around 4000 men a day (that's 4x our school population) lost. We were 20m down wearing helmets and guided in the semi darkness through the caverns and spaces. Specialised New Zealand diggers took 6 ...
... the issues between them quite literally between themselves, there would have been no need for those men to have died the way they did. On the bright side, rather than having been forgotten, they're heroes now, every last one of
them. Even if they were lost, even if we don't know their individual names...they will continually be honoured.
It's ironic how incredibly British my gateway to France is.
Had to get up too early this morning. Packed the car and got an almond croissant which was the best croissant ever experienced apparently. I looked forward to the cheese we had saved and planned to have a breakfast en route. Isabelle was lovely and returned our deposit so we set off in the direction of Lille, which Isabelle had said was 'joyeaux cité'. We left Dijon with a little sadness because we had enjoyed such a ...
... by the Germans and which was used as an advanced dressing station for the wounded, after its capture. At the end of 1918 it contained 343 graves, but then grew as thousands of remains from the surrounding battlefields were brought in.
It continues to grow even today, as remains are still uncovered during many construction works on the old Western Front. With 11958 burials - 3587 of them identified, it is the largest Commonwealth War ...