Le Grand Hotel de Valenciennes
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... of the Ulster Tower, which is the memorial to the Irish Ulster Brigades who fought at the Battle of the Somme.
We went back to Albert for lunch and at that point, although there were 4 more ceremonies planned during the day and evening, the heat and the emotion had pretty much worn us out, and we got in the air conditioned car and took a long cool drive to the English Channel. Where it turned out to be every bit as hot as where we had ...
... and then listened to the mournful sound of the "Last Post", by the local bugler, a commemoration that takes place every night at 8.00 pm to honour those who fought. It was an amazingly emotional moment for the 300 or 400 people who were there at the Mennin Gate. We were then driven back to our hotel, after an extraordinary day, and fell asleep as soon as our heads touched the pillows, despite it still being broad daylight ...
Sunday 3rd August 2014
No problem leaving the mooring and going through the lock by the old boat lift this morning. Isi was incapacitated with dreadful back pain going into spasms.
When we got to the boat lift there was a tour boat waiting for passengers but the lift didn't break into action until 12 noon. We had no information as to times for the lift but with hindsight it went on the hour each way and ...
... out over the plain. She is mother Canada, mourning the loss of so many young children. Above her the two pylons representing Canada and France united in their goal at war stretch high off the stepped platform.
As at Juno Beach, the Vimy staff are exceptionally friendly and refreshingly chatty. In addition to tour guide Jeremy, we met Annika from Pictou, Nova Scotia. She's a recent university graduate and is only two weeks into a four month contract ...
The national historic site of Vimy Ridge sits atop Hill 145. This hill is the highest point on the 14 km long Vimy Ridge and during the war, it was a highly significant part of the German defence system. It was highly strategic earlier on in the war, but when the Canadians took the ridge in 1917, we learned that it wasn’t extremely significant in terms of being a strategic victory. It was however, a very symbolic and morale lifting ...