Ibis Styles Amiens Cathedrale
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After lunch we made our way to the Main Australian Memorial at Villiers-Bretonneux. The memorial lists 10,773 names of soldiers from the AIF with no known grave. It was an incredibly sombre experience to visit the site, with many gravestones engraved with messages from the families. Many of the men killed were as young as 13/14, lying about their age to sign up for adventure and to fight in the Great War. After a tour of the site we laid ...
I would never have believed it but it's true, we are in France, Conty to be exact, why Conty, looooong story!!!!!! We left Canterbury this morning around 8.30am and it was a cold soupy kinda morning, you know the kind, murky can't see 3 feet (1mtr for you younguns) in front of you so we slowly toddled down the A28 to Dover. Sat in line with everyone else wanting to leave the cold climes of the UK for the cold climes of France ...
This morning was spent visiting the numerous WW1 memorials in the north east of France. We stated in Fromelles where we paid our respects at the recently opened Pheasant Wood Cemetery as well a VC Corner.
We then travelled in the direction of Amiens and stopped at the Notre Dame de Lorette "Ring of Remembrance" memorial and the French Cemetery at ...
... later; are there none at Versailles?
We also toured the gardens, in their winter guise. It was cold, but we enjoyed the walk.
From Compiegne, we drove to Amiens, picking up traffic just outside of town. Most parking lots were full, but I did get a space in a lot a few blocks from the hotel. I think it might have been the last spot in the lot (maybe even in the city). We walked to ...
... killed and wounded in the surrounding fields whilst attempting to capture these formidable defensive positions. Pozieres ridge was a high ground worth fighting over and you can see the points at which the germans held an advantage. The inscription is chilling... "THE RUIN OF POZIERES WINDMILL WHICH LIES HERE WAS THE CENTRE OF THE STRUGGLE IN THIS PART OF THE SOMME BATTLEFIELD IN JULY AND AUGUST 1916. IT WAS CAPTURED ON AUGUST 4TH BY AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WHO FELL MORE THICKLY ...