Ibis Amiens Centre Cathedrale
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ITINERARY 2015 DAY TOUR EX LONDON: ANZAC DAY CEREMONY VILLERS- BRETONNEUX: 7.30 pm Depart London Victoria Coach Station (24 April 2015) for Dover Depart Dover for Calais Arrive Calais. Drive to Villers-Bretonneux Coach arrives at Villers Bretonneux Memorial Anzac Day Ceremony starts Villers Bretonneux Memorial Departure from the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial by coach. Arrive Albert area for continental breakfast. After breakfast we travel to ...
... and journeyed the 2 hrs and 30 minutes to Amiens in the North of France, close to the Belgian border. During the journey we were able to take in the French country side, which including quaint villages, castles, vast forests (originally used by the aristocracy for hunting) and more modern installations. The countryside is absolutely beautiful.
We arrived in Amiens around 4:30 and were given until 5:15pm to check into our rooms, ready our gear and head out for a walking tour ...
... place is closed until April. Sorely disappointed we didn't have a back up plan (unusual for hubby) we decided to head back to Amiens. We arrived at Amiens with excitement and anticipation, located the Camping and Caravan sign and headed that way. And guess what.................they are closed till April. Who knew the French and touro's were afraid of a little cold weather. It is now 3.15 and the sun is setting and we are ...
... 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 ...
... for the British. The memorial lists 14,692 names of British and South African soldiers with no known grave who were killed between 21 March 1918 and 8 August 1918 during the Second Battle of the Somme, in the period known as the Spring Offensive. There was to be a ceremony on there this afternoon and we saw a large contingent of young British soldiers in their army fatigues, practicing. One of them told me they would be in dress uniform for the official ceremony. While ...