Le Domaine des Cigognes Hotel
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... a massive memorial to the missing Canadian soldiers. Vimy's ridge is where the Germans took control. From the ridge you can see all the surrounding valleys, giving them a great advantage. Neither the French or the British could take it back. But the Canadians, fighting for the first time under a Canadian general succeeded. Which is why their memorial is here. Its massive and its beautiful. The last two stops of the day were the French cemetery and the German cemetery. ...
... iff to find an electronics store in the morning. Can I get a break here? Around 5 the sky's cleared and beautiful sunshine came out. So I figured now was a good time to make a move for the B&B. Made it here with relatively little drama. Didn't take any wrong turns and I only walked past it once. Yay me. The host, Claire, is just lovely. And bonus, the computer is a Mac, so I can plug my phone and iPad directly into the computer to charge them up...turns out I can get a ...
... 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.
... a spanner tightening up some very big bolts which he dropped into the water! If we had been underneath it would probably have hit us. Then he started grinding with a shower of sparks and dust coming down, and then he did some arc welding. We had to wait until the job was complete and must have been almost an hour in total as it was 11.30 by the time we got out of the 12.5 metre rise lock.
The Belgian waterways are man-made canals with sloping ...
... that bear the names of 34,857 officers and soldiers who have no known grave. These names are a continuation of the names that wouldn’ t fit on Menin gate and list casualties from about 1916 onwards. Even of the thousands buried in the cemetery, many of the gravestones simply say “A soldier of the Great War, known to God”, indicating that the buried remains were unidentifiable.
We visited the information center first which provided a bit ...
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