Ibis Douai Centre
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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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 ...
... among the graves.
Dernacourt, Jeancourt, Grevilles. Each cemetery has its own register, for those buried and those whose names are inscribed on the memorial. We recorded our visit and the soldier searched for on Lyn's behalf. Initially I was doing a friend a favour and out of curiosity, but it soon became personal to locate each and every one.
Vimy Ridge is a much more visceral and visual historical war site and memorial than our other recent stops. Here the reforested earth (to prevent erosion of the site) seems endlessly pock-marked from the creeping barrages inflicted on the German front during World War I. As far as the eye can see around the visitors' centre the ground looks like a horizontal mogul ski track. In some areas the series of grassy bubbles is interrupted with massive craters where ...
... old monastery's land. There are still parts of the monastery that you can see. They actually use the crypt to house fruit bats. When you walk around inside, the bats just swoop around you, so close you can feel them! It's pretty cool. We decided we'd have Buffalo Grill for dinner, only Buffalo Grill are only found in France. So France it was! We arrived at the Buffalo Grill to find that ...
... tour around the site was interesting as we were able to access the underground tunnels that held 400 soldiers on April 8, 1917 as the men prepared to attack the Germans. Apparently the original tunnels measured 3 feet by 6 feet. They are carved out of chalk and flint (very dangerous obviously) and the men waited 36 hours before receiving the order to attack. Emerging from the tunnels, we were directed toward the trenches which have been solidified with faux concrete sandbags. ...