Day 27 - Albert - Somme Battlefields - Ypres

Trip Start Apr 19, 2011
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Trip End Jun 28, 2011


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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Today we visited the Museum of the Somme at Albert which was actually in a tunnel under the town which was built in the 15th century so the towns occupants could hide from the Spanish invaders.  It was then used in WW2 as an air raid shelter.

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.
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Gillian Hayden & Connor on

Hi Guys sounds like you are having a great time on your travels, saw Jazz and Winston today and they are all good maybe a little fatter than when you left Jenny said to tell you she will post a comment when she works out how to. We look forward to your next posts, Connor asks every morning if he can see what the girls have been doing . Love and hugs

Sandra and Clint on

Enjoying following the blog and keeping up with the trip. Most put out when no updates for a week. The canal boat trip looked fab. Congrats to Sue for being brave enough to give driving (the car) a go! The 130kmh speed limit on the motorways are great just have to watch that parking. Am finding 60-70kmh feeling alarmingly fast when Lydia's in charge of the wheel. Keep having fun!

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