Ibis Saint Omer Centre
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The best nights sleep since leaving home and we have to get up! We paid €6 for our bar bill and left. We popped the suitcase in the car and walked to the town, in the drizzle, for a cup of hot chocolate/tea. We were able to sit outside because Cafe Maìrìe had the sun blind wound out. We had plenty of time so we went into the cathedral and paid €3 each to go down into the newly opened Crypt. ...
... of France.
We rented a cube house and I say it was a cube house, because - well, it was cube. Big and modern and concrete and “cubey”. The town near the house was out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by flat farmland and vineyards. Our concrete cube house sat on a street leading into the town. I say “town” but it is more accurately a village with the typical cobblestone roads and stone Hansel and Gretel like houses. The cute ...
... they then became more frequent, I decided it was time to give up on the sleep idea when an annoying dog (not Rory) began barking at 9am.
We decided to take a walk into town, the mission to buy StOmer beer in StOmer. This accomplished we headed back to the van to move on.
After checking the weather forecast ...
... front line in a safer way than crossing above ground. The land all around, although now covered with trees as a wooded park, still has the undulating ground of trenches & shell holes and a few mine craters, with sheep grazing to keep the grass cut. The monument itself, completed in 1936 and one of only two or three National Monuments to the Canadian forces, is huge and took 11 years to build from large limestone blocks. It has the names of ...
... with the local Fire brigade having played the Last Post since 1928 in remebrance of the Commenwealth troops who lost their lives.
It was very well attended with at least 200 people there on a Sunday night, complete with a wreath laying ceremony. After watching that we left some RSA Poppies there as well.
In all a very moving day, and hard for the girls to imagine what it must have been like not too many years ...