VILLERS-BRETONNEUX – DAY TRIP ON TRAIN FROM PARIS
A 1.5 hour train trip to Amiens. We then organised to be picked up at the station by a guide/small group tour (there were 6 of us…Australians we hadn’t met before – lovely people & we lingered over a very late lunch). Transport from site to site was in a mini van (see photo toward end of post).
“Around the walls of the Australian Memorial are the names of 11,000 Australians ‘missing’ in action in France. On the night of 24–25 April 1918, Australian soldiers recaptured Villers-Bretonneux from the Germans, a battle also remembered in the Franco-Australian museum at the Victoria school in the town. In the playground is a sign: ‘Do Not Forget Australia’.” From http://www.westernfront.gov.au
It was freezing cold on the day we visited Villers-Bretonneux (see photo above) and because it was heat wave conditions the day before in Paris (see photo below), we didn’t think to bring appropriate clothing. Of course it was a sad and moving day in many ways (more about that later) especially with the cold and trying to imagine just how horrific it would have been to be fighting here…some soldiers so young (see photo of headstone below).
The day before it was heat wave conditions in Paris…many people like us went for a stroll along the River Seine (La Seine)…photo below. The photo above was taken the next day – the difference in temperature was huge!
More on our next blog post on our stay in MONTMATRE…one of our fave places to stay in Paris.