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Jul 28, 2016 - Rouen - To Somme Battlefields WW1

Today was a very big bus ride to our next excursion. We left the ship at 8am and returned at 6.30pm. There are approx. 127 people on the ship and there were almost 100 people visiting these old battlefield sites. The ship has a majority of Australians on it, but this trip there are about 20 Americans, Canadians on it as well. I feel they are on the ship because of this leg of the tour. The landscape of the Somme is very flat, and everywhere you look is just paddock after paddock with crops on them and small pockets of trees here and there....

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May 21, 2016 - Compiegne and the Clairiere de L'Armistice

Today we headed south through the rolling countryside of Picardy Our first stop was a visit to the Forest of Compiegne and a green clearing called Clairiere de l’Armistice. Here in what once was a rail siding for rail mounted artillery, World War I was brought to an end on 11 November 1918. It was also the site where Hitler had the French sign their capitulation on 22 June 1940, on the same spot and same railway carriage. The railway car no longer exists but a replica is housed in the small museum attached to the site. From there we drove a...

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May 18, 2016 - Amiens

The weather was dull and overcast. We drove through the rolling countryside overlooking the Somme River to Amiens. The outstanding feature of Amiens is its cathedral. It is the biggest Gothic building in France. It was begun in 1220 and was completed in 1269. The west front of the cathedral was original coloured and in July and August the cathedral is lit up with an evening sound and light show which would have been interesting to see but wrong time of year! However, without the show the west front was highly decorated and impressive....

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May 17, 2016 - The Remembrance Trail or Le Circuit du Souvenir

The Somme has been deeply marked by the battles of the First World War: The August invasion by Germany and the ‘Race to the Sea’ of September 1914, the Battle of the Somme from July to November 1916, the German Spring Offensive in March 1918 and the subsequent Allied armies’ counter-offensives of Picardie from August to September 1918. This area became a meeting point for over twenty nationalities where three million soldiers would fight on a front of forty-five kilometres. The Remembrance Trail took us to most of the key sites which act as...

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May 16, 2016 - Peronne

Our first morning in the area saw us finding the local bakery and the main supermarket as we needed a stock up on supplies. In the afternoon we returned to Peronne and visited the Museum of the Great War which gave an insight into the experiences of the three main European nations at war (France, Germany and the United Kingdom). We couldn’t say it was a sparkling museum. Peronne town was occupied by the Germans for almost the entire length of the war. Between 1914 and 1918 almost 30% of the town inhabitants became civilian victims of the...

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May 15, 2016 - Heading south into France

Today we left Belgium and headed south and east into France. Our destination a campground near Peronne in the Picardie region and close to the Somme River. We arrived safely at the lovely little campground and was greeted by the very helpful campground owner who quickly got us settled on a huge pitch. We intend to spend a week here exploring the area particular the WWI battlefield area of the Battle of the Somme which happened in 1916. Daisy and Heather enjoyed their first walk along the Somme River just by the campground.

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Oct 5, 2015 - Italy and France

After some fairly hectic tours we have spent the past ten days relaxing on our own and driving through Italy and France. We flew from London into Venice and drove via the fast road up past Trento into the Trentino region and the Dolomite mountain range area. It snowed on the tops while we were there. As we drove up the adjoining valley on our left contained Lake Garda and we were later to cross the mountains and drive down the lake. The area has a fascinating political history. Yes it was also part of the old Austro Hungarian Empire and...

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Sep 17, 2015 - Flying to France

Saying goodbye to Ennis, we loaded up and headed to Shannon airport to say goodbye to Ireland. We really enjoyyed the people and places. The countryside is beautiful and the towns are lovely. Off to France. Picked up our lovely Citröen Picasso at Beavais airport north of Paris. Much bigger and newer than the Fiesta we drove in Ireland. The side mirrors fold in automatically when you torn off the car so no one can clip you.

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Aug 26, 2015 - Day 6 Guided Tour

A lovely day tour, covering the Somme battle, from day 1 1st July where the casulties were enormous to the end of the battle in the coldest conditions to date. Such mixed emotions actually walking from the same sunken road where the Lancs Fusiliers sheltered prior to the assault, and crossing what was no mans land. Reaching the point where they were cut down by machine guns from both sides. Eventually being buried where they fell a year later. with hindsight they were doomed from the minute they left the road. such emotions even 100 years on

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Oct 30, 2014 - My Aussie trip flew by!

Hi Everyone At last, the day I had been waiting so long for dawned clear and bright. The taxi was on time, which was a blessing as we had to navigate rush hour on the M25 (or known as the car park that circles London!). I entered the newly refurbished Terminal 2 at Heathrow and found a world of scanning and face recognition machines. After being scanned for face ID, scanned for lethal weapons and my baggage scanned for contraband, I was able to board the A380 for my journey home. The sun was just setting over Sydney as the plane came into...

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Sep 15, 2014 - A revist to Villers Bretonneux and Around Amiens

Slow start to the day today. Our minds are willing but our bodies are getting reluctant to keep up with our minds. Both of the opinion we have made this holiday about one week to long. Back over to Viller-Bretonneux this morning to take a look at the museum. Minus all the deviations of yesterday, it took us 15 minutes to get there. Spent another 15 trying to follow their signage to the museum but eventually made it. The Victoria School was built with funds supplied by Australians in 1929 and built from Australian timbers. There is now a...

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Sep 14, 2014 - On the Battlefields in French Countryside

Finished with our to do list in Belgium, we make a 5 minute drive over the French border and make our way south to Amien. This town is pretty central to all that we wish to see in the area. After a few "deviations" in the straightforward route because of an air show event in Amien we had to do an extra 10km to our first stop following illusive "deviation" signs which French roadworkers only place on the corner where you actually turn, even though you may have other forks in the road or a left or right turn. It was like Russian Roulette...

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