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... when she noticed a sign to a memorial for Hill 60 and the 1st Australian Tunneling Company, Greg's Grandfather's (on his Mum's side) unit during WW1. So we went for a look. 1 ATC played a significant role in this battle and many of them, along with British and Germans solders are permanently buried under the hill where they were trapped by cave-ins caused by explosions or accidents while tunneling. Lucky for the Walker/Jenkins families Greg's Granddad, William (Bill) ...
Very solemn day. We visited Vimy Ridge today - I've wanted to see this monument for a long time. More rain and really dark clouds set the mood for our visit. As we drove into the site we could see more fields sectioned as there were explosives still underground. The monument itself was absolutely huge. I was awestruck with it's immense size and placement on the Ridge. The view was beautiful. One can see ...
... of the remains was done and displays equipment and artifacts which were recovered during the exhumation. This museum was opened this month, July 2014. The whole setup is very slick and professionally done. It was then onto VC (Cobbers) Corner, about 2km up the road, where there is a life-size bronze statue of a digger carrying a wounded soldier. The inspiration for the statue came from a story of a ...
... stuff we didn't need to carry so some nearby kids were pleased with our hand-me-downs. It was a lot of fun. And oh yeah, we did see a fleeting glimpse of what we thought might have been some blokes on a bunch of flash looking bikes doing a squillion km an hour. Too quick to actually identify anyone. Dinner ended up being a couple of beers and a supermarket chook salad in our room. After not cycling 63km we didn't need anything else. Despite the rain we had a great ...
Woke up at 7 in the morning, although I slept at 4am. Packed my stuff till quite late, thinking what I need to bring since this trip will last 24 days. After everything is ready, Grace and I left house at 9am, arrive King's Cross St Pancreas at 9.40am. Collected our Eurostar ticket booked online from the ticket machine, and there is still 1.5 hours till our train ...
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