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... weather came up from the south, like the Santa Anna winds out of the valley to the sea at home - and the seaside had no cooling breeze from the north. We did at least get our feet in the channel, and that helped a bit.
The Somme is an incredibly beautiful, rural, peaceful area. Somehow what happened here nearly 100 years ago, knowing what it was and remembering it, makes the peaceful, lovely present all the more poignant and precious.
... in this during WWII but tonight is the 30,000 time it has been played. The Queen of Belgium was there, the area around the fate was closed to the general public but a big screen was set up in the main square and we watched from there. There were live links to various places in Great Britain, Canada, India and Australia. It was all MC'd by a local actor who did a great job and the whole thing really ...
... to transfer at Lille. Not just trains, but entire train stations! It was a 10 minute dash across the streets to jump on the next train. Who needs drugs when you can get that sudden, intense rush of adrenaline that comes from having only minutes to find your next train. What platform? Where is that? Argh! Ha-ha! Today was our day though - smooth sailing from start to finish.
Parlez vous Anglais?.......non, Français..... I would love a Euro or Dollar for the number of times we'd have to ask if a person spoke English while in France...wow, the number of French people that can't speak or understand English and work in public places like the Post Office is amazing. After a quick train trip from Amsterdam, we broke our journey in Brussels so that Suzanne's daughter Alana could join us and surprise her Mum. We checked in at the Euro Central ...
... to steal the bikes? What happens if I need the toilet? Well the last one people I can answer for you. You cut the top off a 50 cl bottle of empty water and at around 19:00(still clear day light outside) you kick your BF out the van so you can wee in it!!!! Even better I got to hold it as she got out!!
I imagine the next blog will be once we have been into Bruges and we will hopefully have a little more to report ...