Le Grand Hotel de Valenciennes
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... I am exhausted and have done a
quarter of the distance they will ride. I cheer them on and we make our way back to the city centre for lunch.
One creamy pasta later, I am ready to watch the end of the race. We get some cappuccinos and I sit with my guide while he explains the tactics and strategies of racing. It feels as if I'm at home in a bar during a hockey game! The Flemish commentators are ...
... that she has heard ghostly horses whinnying along the paths round here. After breakfast we go to the famous War Cemetery at Thiepval, where the names of all the 77000 UK dead who had no grave are commemorated. The car park is full of English coaches and children from Hull and Beverly mill around us. One or two of them are well prepared. They sit at the computers, attempting to trace the names of their relations, but most are pretty confused. So ...
... the day walking amongst the Christmas Markets, visiting the sights of the city (Cathedral, Fort, Man Square) and going shopping. Having gone to France on a simple day trip it really became noticeable just how different France is to England, despite it being just an hour's ferry away! And don't even get me started on the stinky cheese! My clothes stank of it all day!
... we stopped for dinner. French Onion Soup for me and a cheese platter for Terry. And still he wanted to walk. So we walked the length of the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triumph. Finally he decided time to walk home. We probably walked about 12km that day and he is still recovering! After a few wrong turns, we finally made it back to our hotel for the night. Had to set the alarm for an early start next ...
... tour around the site was interesting as we were able to access the underground tunnels that held 400 soldiers on April 8, 1917 as the men prepared to attack the Germans. Apparently the original tunnels measured 3 feet by 6 feet. They are carved out of chalk and flint (very dangerous obviously) and the men waited 36 hours before receiving the order to attack. Emerging from the tunnels, we were directed toward the trenches which have been solidified with faux concrete sandbags. ...