Day 27 - Albert - Somme Battlefields - Ypres
Trip Start Apr 19, 2011
69Trip End Jun 28, 2011
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La Passarelle B & B
It was very interesting and had some good displays of life in the trenches.
From there we follwed the self drive battlefield tour and saw the giant crater at Le Boissy where the allies dug under the German defences, then blew it up as part of an offensive. the crater is 100 metres wide and 30 metres deep.
We went to Beaumont-Hamel where the NewFoundlers fought which still had the tenches and crater holes pretty much as they were except with grass growing over them
From there we went to Longueval where we saw the NZ memorial (left some RSA Poppies there) and then to the cemetery at Caterpillar Valley which is where the Kiwi's are buried.
After that we went to Ypresarriving just before 6pm and found some lovely ladies at the Tourist office who helped us find a very good B&B just out of Ypres which is run by the lovely Sonja.
After settling in and putting some warm clothes on we headed back in to Ypres to find some tea before going to the Menin Gate ceremony at 8pm.
This was very moving with the local Fire brigade having played the Last Post since 1928 in remebrance of the Commenwealth troops who lost their lives.
It was very well attended with at least 200 people there on a Sunday night, complete with a wreath laying ceremony. After watching that we left some RSA Poppies there as well.
In all a very moving day, and hard for the girls to imagine what it must have been like not too many years ago.