They shall not grow old

Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2012

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Friday, July 27, 2012

Rediculously early start....picked up at 6am for our day trip to the Somme battlefields. As we were transferring to a new hotel we also had to have bags packed and stored for the day by six! Oh dear am seriously going to need a few sleepins when we get home. Went in a small mini van with two other couples from Australia and NZ. Very interesting day as we travelled north to Villers-Bretoneaux. Visited the cemetery of Delville Wood at Longueval, situated on the edge of the Somme. Saw the Lochnagar Crater "Located at La Boisselle" - an impressive mine hole 100 meters across and 30 meters deep. Seeing the Australian flag flying over Poziere in recognition of the sacrifices made by the ANZAC's in the battle that took place here during the battle of the Somme was moving. We contined to Thiepval, to the largest memorial dedicated to missing British Soldiers. We also visited the Ulster Tower, a memorial to the men of the 36th Ulster division, Beaumont-Hamel and The Newfoundland Memorial which offered a realistic and moving view of these battles in its remarkably well-preserved trenches system. Finally we stopped for lunch in the village of Peronne. Then time or a visit to an international and cultural museum of the first world war (1914-1918) which explains the conflict, its origins and its consequences.The museum boasts a unique collection of over 50,000 original objects and documents of everyday life during the war. Vey interesting. Our guide had a vast knowledge of WW2 and it was hard to imagine such horrific bloodshed in this beautiful part of France where so many died fom so many countries.
Back in Paris and we ran into our Kiwi fiends in the hotel bar and then the South Africans also...everyone is already missing each others company. We got a taxi to our new hotel....right in the heart of the Latin quarter next door to Saint Severin church so a great location. Lots of brassieres to eat in and only 500 meters from the River Seine. Fantastic for our last 4 days here.
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