On this “Lock Down” Remembrance Sunday, it reminds me our visit to one of the many War Memorials in Northern France.
Last June on our last day in France on route to Calais, we first enjoyed the lovely tree lined roads that France has to offer if you allow time to avoid the Peage Motorway Network.
The “D996” running North from “Dijon” may only have a 80km/hour speed limit, but on a sunny Sunday morning made for some fine top down driving in the French country side:
Having done a Google search, we re-joined the Peage Network to get some km’s under the tyres, before visiting the “Thiepval Memorial” More info here: http://www.scottaddington.com/2014/07/ten-places-visit-western-front/
This impressive memorial to the missing of the Somme is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The white panels around the base contain 73,000 names of the soldiers who were killed during the fighting on the Somme, but have no known grave.
Though the visitors centre was just closing when we arrived, we could still walk around the Memorial and reflect on the sheer number of names on the panels… (Best visited late afternoon or early morning for fitting pictures)
The information panel below shows the location and how the trees have grown since 1932:
From the Thiepval Memorial, it was an easy drive back to Calais for our evening crossing back to England: