Hotel de la Treille
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To Vimy Ridge, north of Arras, Hill 145, where the Canadian Monument and several cemeteries are located as part of the Vimy Ridge National Historic Site of Canada. The only other historic site outside Canada is Beaumont-Hamel.
A different style of monument, where two towering pylons of limestone are carved with allegorical figures from greek mythology. Maple leaves on one tower, the fleur-de-lys on its twin, symbolic of ...
... There were an incredible number of Australians listed there. Lyn had given me the names of the soldiers that she had researched, so we searched the walls till we found their names.
Onto the ramparts to walk above the moat to Rijselpoort/Lille Gate, parts of which originated in the 14th C. On the other side of the gate, the Ramparts Cemetry, one of many ...
... Post is played by the local Fire Station men and they also sang a couple of songs. A local school choir sang Advance Australia Fair. This happens 365 days of the year!
In the bus for a one hour drive to our hotel in Lille in France.
Next morning we were on the bus for a 9am start with first stop being Bullecourt near Arrass. This site was one of our largest disasters - it was ill planned and the 4th division had over 3000 casualties and 1170 Australians taken ...
... that was halted and repelled by the Aussies.
Each evening while we were in Amiens we went down to the river area and enjoyed a lovely meal. The river is the Somme river, and it felt quite strange to be enjoying ourselves next to a river whose name we've only ever associated with the horrors of war.
Tomorrow we head for Ieper, our last stop before returning to Paris on Monday.
Bye for now,
Alan and Nise
... we found more pleasing and was enjoyed while Italy played Germany in the Eurocup semi-final. We pledged our allegiance to Italy for the game, partly because 90 per cent of the people in the room were German or cheering for them and partly because we would have always supported Italy over Germany anyway. Our allegiance was well founded and Italy won two goals to one, much to the delight of our Italian friends. We really enjoyed the boat/bike experience but were ...