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Apr 25, 2010 - Sun 25 - ANZAC Day

In Flanders Fields It’s very difficult to find the words that will adequately convey all that today encompassed. As an Australian, and without trying to glorify war in any way, to walk the battlefields of France and Belgium, and to visit the sites where so many of my grandfather’s generation gave their lives, is one of the most incredible but sobering things I have ever done. Travelling to Villers Bretonneux, site of the Australian National Memorial, I wondered what emotions I might experience. The Dawn service at any time, anywhere, has a...

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Jun 18, 2008 - Albert (France) - Tour de Somme and tears!

I had a place in mind that I wanted to stay at but due to not being able to get access to internet for the past week I wasn’t sure what it was called or where it actually was. These villages are small and easy to walk around but there are many nooks and crannies that you don’t see and when your carrying a load its difficult as well. I got lucky and found it not too far from the train station on the main road. I managed to book a room which wouldn’t be ready till 11am, seeing as it was just after 8 I had some time to kill so I left my bags...

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Apr 5, 2008 - Parc Asterix

The Saturday after Chartres we had an optional day trip going to Parc Asterix. Parc Asterix is an amusement park about 20 miles north of Paris. The characters are based off a French comic strip. I really wasn't expecting much but it ended up being a lot of fun! The park is separated into different areas like the Ancient City of Gaul, Roman Empire, Greece, and the Vikings. Asterix himself is a little Viking, so cute! There were tons of rides but our favorite was the Tonnerre de Zeus. It was a wooden roller coaster and at first I thought it...

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Apr 1, 2008 - Amiens, France

So, we drove here after stopping near Boulogne-Sur-Mer for one night. Why did we break our journey? Well because the campsite at Amiens didn't open until 1st April - today! Having driven through heavy rain and coldness to get here, it was quite nice to find it dry and a bit of sunshine coming out. We were the third customers of the day, well season and the girl at the desk seemed quite surprised to have so many (!) people already. A quick late lunch was had in the van which was toasty warm with the sun coming through the windows (we would...

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Mar 27, 2008 - Villers-Bretonneux

On the way to Paris we stopped off at Villers-Bretonneux, Australia's other "Gallipoli". There is a big memorial planned for ANZAC day to contemorated the 90th anniversary of the battle, but we thought we would beat the crowds. In the First World War, on 24 April 1918, the village of Villers-Bretonneux was the site of the world's first battle between two tank forces: three British Mark IVs against three German A7Vs. Neither side won, but the next day the village was liberated by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at a cost...

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Oct 2, 2007 - Beauvais (Boovay)

What a day - Very interesting Our first exeperince of cut price airlines Step 1 Flying out of Paris - well maybe but actaully far from Paris even for Europeans. Beauvais is a provincial town to the North of Paris well out in the rural areas. A great trip out on the train through the farms etc but 1 Bus to the station (Gare) 2 RER (Suburban Train ) to meet the Country Train. No problems with connections but certainly allow a couple of hours Step 2 15 kg bag limits means 15kg not 15.1. €12 ($18) if you are over. The arrivals hall is dotted...

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Jul 4, 2007 - We walk the bloody road to the Somme

Our battlefields guide, Colin Gillard had a fabulous knowledge and sensitivity to this incredible place and the events that occurred here. To be able to stand at a spot - perhaps a monument or cemetery, and to have someone with the knowledge to talk about the battle, the strategy, the direction, the losses, the heroes and near misses was such a bonus for us! Armentieres - Half Past Eleven Square!, and the estaminets that kept Clancy happy, and ensure that Eric would have been "pissed at least once in his life" (Malouf) Bailleul Communal...

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Aug 5, 2006 - Champagne and the Somme

We stopped for some champagne tasting in the morning, then drove north to find a campsite in the sunshine near to Calais. Found a beautiful spot on the banks of the Somme in a village called Seraucourt-Le-Grand. There was a British WW1 cemetery just up the road.

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Jul 20, 2006 - Seraucourt le Grand - Montmacq

De kerkklok van Seraucourt luidt twaalf keer als wij van de camping wegfietsen. In korte tijd hebben wij een grote lokale populariteit verworven. De campingbeheerster en haar moeder zwaaien ons uit en door de open deur van het dorpscafé klinkt het 'bon courage'. Dankzij het onweer van gisterenavond en vannacht voelt de tempperatuur aangenaam aan. Naar schatting nog maar een graad of 32. Tot Aalst hebben wij door een vlak landschap gereden. Een groot deel van de route voerde over jaag- en fietspaden langs rieviertjes en kanalen. Vanaf Aalst...

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Jun 19, 2006 - Last days in Paris

Today was laundry day. Jay had brought along a couple of bounce dryer sheets in his backpack and we remembered to take them with us to the laundry this time. It is the little things that make me happy...my clothes smelled and felt so dreamy for the first time in months...LOL. Laundry took about two hours and we grabbed some coffee and pastries at the café across the street while we waited. It is Sunday, so most things are closed by law here. Unless it is a store of urgent necessity...such as gasoline, pharmacy etc. or a cultural...

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Jun 17, 2005 - day one in paris

so we had our first day of fun in paris! we are incredibly sore as we are not use to walking so much... haha. we hit up the louvre and spent 6 hours exploring that musuem. it is gianormous!!! my favorite part was the medival moat and history of the louvre. i love that stuff. chris snapped pictures of litterally every piece in there! the mona lisa was kind of a bust. it was as if we were going to see motly crue as chris put it. it is this 2 foot painting with hundreds of people in front of it all snapping a million pictures. glad i saw it...

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May 31, 2005 - au revoir et !hola!

nessa says goodbye to europe. glad you got home safe, nessy. after i got nes on the right train to the airport, i left to get a seat reservation for my night train to barcelona. and i got stuck in a turnstyle on the way there. see, in paris, it just isn't good enough to have just one turnstyle. they have both the turney-thing that is impossible to get you luggage through AND another door to keep you from jumping over. the problem is that once you insert your ticket if you take too long to go through the second set of doors will not open. so...

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