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I managed to fit in a quick day trip to Lens to see the Louvre outpost there and also connect with a doctoral student I met last summer. We met there, went to the Louvre, had lunch, and then walked to the top of one of "les terrils" and drank some champagne. It was a lovely day all around. I am fond of coal mining towns because of my own geneology. The town has preserved these large coal mountains as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the coal miners.
While in Belguim we decided to
visit the Flanders Fields and Tyne Cott Cemetery. We had to catch a
couple of trains. The ticket lady told us the platform for the
connection, which we got on headed off again. It wasn't until we got to
the end of the train line that we realized we had gone 45 minutes in the
wrong direction… Oh well back on the train we got, this one was quite
nice, a little newer than the last and maybe ...
... a Belgian chocolatier where we were literally like kids
in a candy store, teachers included!! It's safe to say many purchases were made that day, and many special deal combos will be making their way back to NZ. So parents - if your boy says there are no more gifts, ask about the chocolate!!!!
Because of that we were all thoroughly over excited so there was a bit of free time before lunch to explore the town more or simply take purchases back to the hotel! We ...
... out of the trees and finish the climb to the Memorial you are immersed in pride to be Canadian. I know I will never look at the new twenty dollar bill the same again, they will bring me back to the moment we reached the monument and started climbing the stairs. The view is quite impressive at the top of hill 145 and I can understand why both sides wanted the ridge, and proud of our nation for succeeding where others had not.
Day 1: My first day of the trip started in Dover and we got the ferry over to Calais, France. Our first destination was Lille in North France. It is a wonderful place with nice shops and great history and is also very close to the French and Belgian border. The first day was amazing and we are looking forward to the rest of the ...