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There were many shops selling designer goods and delicious looking patisseries. I couldn't resist buying an eclair. Many of the shops seemed boarded up and we felt we were seeing for the first time some signs of the recession - interestingly in France and not so much in Spain.
After lunch we picked up a car and headed for the Somme
Amazing as it might seem, as we got out of the car at the memorial, I noticed another couple of, I presumed, Australians, as they had been at the previous site as well. When I took a closer look, the woman was Cherie Kearns from Northbridge Golf Club! Small world.
Finally we visited the VC Corner Australian Cemetery where there are no individual graves because none of the soldiers here have been identified.
We now set out for Amiens where we were staying the night. As we drove along we passed more and more graveyards, all similar, cross after cross. The French are obvioulsy very grateful to those soldiers from foreign lands that came to fight for them. Before we reached Amiens we stopped at Arras. An interesting old town again showing the signs of the recession. We decided to boost their economy so we had a beer in one of the bars that surround the petit place, the smaller of two large Flemish style squares
In Amiens we stayed at a bed and breakfast owned by a very vivacious French woman called Dominique. She spoke enough English and was very hospitable. We went into the town for dinner at Restaurant Le Quai which is located along the river Somme. We sat outside and enjoyed the ambience but not the cigarette smoke, which you just can't seem to get away from. I ordered the most expensive thing we have had the whole holiday, fillet steak. It was terrible! John had some weird jellied meat thing called 'pojvestroom' we think. We can't remember what we had for an entree.
When we returned to the B & B, there was a group of business men from all over the Europe and Dominque, sitting outside enjoying a glass of wine and of course a cigarette. We joined them in the wine.