L'Abbaye Chateau De Camon
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... which is about 12-15 km away) and the remains of the old medieval town up on the hill. The hill part includes an old church and what is left of the medieval ramparts. We stayed here for 2 days back in, we think, 2007.
We walked about, had some great seafood for lunch - I had fish soup, Stan actually had shrimp, the others had mussels and oysters, which aren’t our thing but were reported as delicious. It was cooler there so ...
Amiens is renowned for its cathedral. It is considered by many to be the most balanced and complete expression of the gothic cathedral style. It is really, really large. You could fit 2 of Notre Dame de Paris inside. It is the tallest church in France, at 138.8 feet. It has the greatest interior volume. There are 126 pillars.
It was built towards the end of the period of gothic cathedrals, and people ...
... affected by this for the rest of his life and claimed in later life that the explosions had badly affected his hearing, though physically he had been unscathed.
Surviving the war he left France on the 22 December 1918 with his battalion, returning to England where he remained until the 22nd September 1919. Whilst waiting for a troop ship home, he took part in the large 1919 Victory March through London.
... nearly 100 years ago. The few shell holes that remain are covered in grass and could easily be mistaken for a dip in the hill. Even Beaumont-Hamel, which has not been ploughed flat and old trenches are still easily identifiable, is softened by the presence of clover and flowers.
Steven still manages to pick up bits of shrapnel every time he goes for a walk, even though this land has been passed over a gazillion times by farmers and tourists.
Very early start this morning after only a few hours sleep (didn't quite get to bed as early as planned) as we had to be at the service in Villers-Bretonneux and seated by 5 am. It only took 15 mins to get to the town (thanks Mamed for getting up early to drive us there!) but then traffic into the War Memorial slowed to a crawl with the many busloads of Aussies gathering for the ...