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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 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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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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Aug 23, 2014 - Welcome to Amiens

So we decided we would spend a few days in the country just north of Paris in a place called Amiens, it is home to the tallest complete cathedral in France and is Twice the size of the Notre Dame in Paris and is the 19th largest Cathedral in the world, it sits on a slight ridge overlooking the River Somme. The Somme is the Western Front for WW1, which lead us to places such as, Villers - Bretonneux, Pozieres, Lochnagar Crater, Theipval, Somme and some more memorials along the way.

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Aug 21, 2014 - Amiens

This morning we've made time to go visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Amiens, which I am reliably told by a work colleague - Gregoire - is the best of the Gothic cathedrals in France. It was a very short walk to the church, but we were planning on moving on straight afterwards to our next stop just outside the city itself. So we parked the car there to save some time. At least we would have,if the British couple who said they were leaving in "1 minute" didn't decide to take another 15 minutes taking photos from inside the car and by leaning...

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Aug 19, 2012 - Newfoundland Historic Site and Amiens

Newfoundland National Historic Site and Amiens Once a year there is a massive flea market that takes over all or central Arras. We, of course, stayed to look at it but bought nothing. The most exciting thing was watching a car that was left in the main square being winched onto a truck and taken away. Imagine what the owners thought when the went out in the morning and saw no car and zillions of market stalls! We finally and reluctantly left Arras and headed on back roads to Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial National Historic Site. This...

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May 15, 2012 - Day 16: Family obligations

Many months ago, I was discussing my great uncle's grave in France with a distant relative, Shirley Hahn. She suggested that I should go to Aveluy, near Albert when I next travelled to France and visit his grave. This was one reason for my trip. So, Michael and I planned a day that could take in the great gothic cathedral at Amiens, the town of Albert, where my mother's uncle had been critically wounded in March 1917 (and where he died on April 1 1917), and Aveluy where he is buried. These are all in Picardy to the north of Paris, where the...

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Dec 16, 2011 - Amiens

Today we traveled to Amiens, northern France. Weather is definitely not kind to us today. Squally winds and rain all the way. Good day for sightseeing by car. The trip takes about 3 hours of freeway driving. Not a very interesting drive, but given the conditions probably the most sensible way. By the time we get to Amiens and find our hotel, The temp has dropped to about 4 degrees, the wind is near gale force, and the rain is freezing. Still, we're only here for one night, so decide to make the best of it and do a flying visit to...

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Apr 25, 2011 - A special Anzac Day

Up at 3.30 – into our little van and we find our way to Villers-Bretonneux for the dawn service. Thought we were early however hundreds of cars already parked and we have a bit of a walk. The service very special. The various speeches were so good and even Kevin Rudd is to be commended. The music was an Australian school band (cannot remember which school – there were so many there) and the singing lead by a young service woman. Approximately 5,000 attended the service. During the service the temperature dropped from 13 to 6...

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Apr 24, 2011 - A trial run

We head out in the morning to do a trial run for the dawn service. We don’t have a good city map so it is a case of trial and error to find the best road out of Amiens to Villers-Bretonneux. That done we visit the memorial itself and after lunch the permanent Museum set up in the Villers-Bretonneux Primary School. The hall was actually built by Australians using Australian timbers etc. This whole village has so many connections to Australia and looking into the classrooms the kids obviously do many projects on various aspects of Australia....

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