Ibis Lille Centre Gares
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... destination tonight is Lille, France which is just over the border from Belgium and in the middle of the Somme where heavy fighting in WW1 cost hundreds of thousands of Australian lives.
On the way to Lille we stopped of in Antwerp in Belgium where we relived some great memories of our last visit here in 2010. On that visit we were befriended by a true gentleman who Kate and ...
... 8217;s Grt, grt, grt Uncle William had been a stretcher bearer in the NZ regiment that saved the town. We walked around and found the memorial to the NZers who had distracted the Germans by creating lots of smoke and they launched a surprise attack by climbing up a ladder they constructed to get them up the wall. It was a hot day and everyone was tired.
We spent the afternoon in a big shopping mall buying some new clothes!
... while in Aust through our travel agent, which we would use through France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, etc, although to use our ticket we have to go to the train station and reserve/book a seat on the train we want to travel on, and pay a further 8-10 Euro's on top of what we've already paid. When we booked our first seats on the train from Amsterdam to Brussels, the conductor came through checking tickets and looked at our ticket and then wrote the date of travel on ...
... had and have seen for a very long time and the far bank turned white it was that heavy. I am not sure if I can put videos on the blog to give the full effect, but hope you can see by the photos.
We arrived at Don lock and no water this side so once we were in the lock, we asked the lock keeper and he said there is no water here!
Oh well, we will try another place before the turning to Lens where we fancied going for the night. This ...
... catch up over dinner that night in a local restaurant, Marie (my Dad’s Sister) and Jim have lived there about 23 years. So it was lovely to hear them chatter away to the host at the restaurant in fluent French! They also speak Flemish – spoken in Flanders in North Belgium. They are a wonderful source of information, guiding us on where best to visit while in these part of Europe. So we have our rip sorted now! Thanks ...