Blogs from Arras, Nord-Pas de Calais, France, Europe


Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Arras August 31st 2019

Avant que l'automne ne nous tombe sur la tête... car nous n'en sommes pas encore à deux saisons sous nos cieux... (changement climatique oblige...), profitons encore de ces très beaux jours pour une petite escapade en Bretagne... C'est ainsi que nous profiterons d'une invitation à Bruxelles, à déjeuner chez Pierre et Véronique (avec d'autres amis du voyage à Oman d'il y a deux ans...), que nous décidons de ne pas nous arrêter là mais bien de continuer la route vers la Bretagne où nous sommes venus la dernière fois en août 2016... Certains se souviendront de ce passage mémorable qui m'a laissé l'expérience d'un pied fracturé... suivi d'une embolie pulmonaire... Ah... que de mauvais souvenirs, heureusement oubliés mais qui m'obligeront à être attentive aux petits trous cachés des chemins... quand je prendrai des photos... Pollux mais ... read more
ce matin nous boirons un verre de lait couleur framboises...
ST RIQUIER... mais que ce cache-t-il donc derrière ces murs ?

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Arras July 18th 2018

The next day started off really well. It was nice and cool and traffic was light, but then after covering 80 plus miles, we stoped to fill up. It was here that I realised I didn’t have my phone, nor the cards that are in its case. Dad then tried to call the B&B but got no answer, so I used his phone to track my phone with the finder app. This confirmed it was back at the area we had stayed, and when we got through to the owners they confirmed they had it. They were going into a city that was on our route, so agreed to meet us there. Though this saved us 40 odd miles, it did mean we wouldn’t catch the race that day, so we headed straight for the last ... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Arras August 25th 2013

The weather has improved from yesterday but we will still be in long trousers and jerseys as the temperature is not projected to rise above 20C and if there is any wind it will feel cooler.The rain however has gone although we will still be prepared just in case. We have two cats who visit us although not both at the same time as they are clearly rivals to each other.The black and white one doesn't belong to the household but appears from over the fence while the tabby is the owners cat.Its hard when you are cat lovers not to feed a cat that befriends you tid bids although as Gretchen said we could be creating problems for future guests who are not cat lovers. All that aside they have both been wonderful to have ... read more
Indian WW1 memorial
Portugese WW1 memorial
Canadian WW1 graves at Vimy Ridge,near Arras

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Arras September 9th 2011

So, once every month we have our two days off split up. BUT I did not spend them sitting at home! This past Tuesday I spent the day with Monsieur Sheitquatte (pronounced Shit cat). He is the Shepard for Beaumont Hamel and he invited me and whoever was off to come horseback riding at his place! So Maya, Chantal and I took him up on the offer. We went with the B-H guides to work and he picked us up there. Then we saddled up Princesse and Rayon to go riding. I rode Rayon, he was just a pony but we became best friends very quickly. We rode around in the corral for a little bit so M. Sheitquatte could get a feel for our level and then we got to go out in the fields ... read more
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Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Arras August 23rd 2011

Theodore Roosevelt Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Just finished off my first two days! So Monday was technically another training day, we shadowed the old guides and learned the ropes from them about how to run the site! I learned so much, and I got to go on two tours with Shaundel and Sao Mai. Both tours were so different so it was great to have two really neat perspectives. We learned the three different positions: Accueil (you're at the front desk of the visitors centre), Entree (Greeting visitors at the entrance), and Caribou (where you watch out for the monument and answer people's questions). It was so great to get the advice from the old guides too about ... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Arras August 21st 2011

Hi Everyone, What a crazy and amazing couple of days. So. Lets start from where we left off, shall we? Thursday, August 18 Today was another day of full history inside the training room. All morning we learned about the battle of the Somme (Where the Newfoundlanders fought at Beaumont-Hamel was part of this major battle) and also the battle of Arras (of which taking Vimy Ridge was a part of). This was soooo helpful because that's the bulk of what we're going to need to know for the job, the day before was mostly putting these battles into context. THEN that night the guides that have been working here all summer had us over to their house for a party and pubcrawl. It was really great to meet everyone and to finally go out in ... read more
Lochnagar Crater Memorial

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Arras August 17th 2011

Bonjour! Today was the third day of training. We had a presentation in the morning from Claudette, the Director, European Operations for Veteran Affairs Canada. She asked if there was a Theresa here, and there wasn't. So she said that there were a bunch of Canadian teachers who were there in July that (she was giving a conference for them) and one of them knew a guide that was coming and left a note for them. I remembered Eric saying that he told Mr. Saikaley (my grade 10 history teacher at Canterbury High School) I was going over to Vimy Ridge, and Mr. Saikaley said he was visiting over the summer and in the spring, so I asked her if it could be Mr. Saikaley. She couldn't remember, so she ran and got the note, and ... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Arras August 16th 2011

Hello everyone! So I've gotten a lot of emails, messages, skype calls from people asking about what I've been up to, so I figure this is a way to keep in touch with everyone without having to type it out a million times and worry about time differences! I also want to be able to keep track of every bit of it because I'm having a great time so far :) Let's start from the beginning...!/photo.php?fbid=10150741866615413&set=t.501934486&type=1&theater I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ~Robert Louis Stevenson I flew Ottawa to Montreal and landed with lots of time to spare between my next flight. I didn't even have to recheck my bagga... read more
Group photo in La Grande Place, Arras
Great shot by Chantal of the Monument at Vimy Ridge
Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel Guides for Fall 2011

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Arras July 3rd 2011

SATURDAY continued..... Suddenly aware of how young the audience at the festival is, so spent 20 mins prior to Fleet Foxes taking pictures of anyone who looked vaguely over 50 so I could convince myself that I am not the oldest groover in Arras. Managed 4 photos. To be fair, they could all have been younger than me...... Fleet Foxes were nice, in an inoffensive, hippyish, Crosby Stills and Nash sort of way. We caught the end of Aloe Blacc's set before FF came on and wished we had seen more. Wandered to the main stage, saw The National who were great but got the biggest cheers when they wheeled out a couple of Arcade Fire members to sing. And then Arcade Fire themselves. Somehow, we managed to get wedged behind the tallest man in the ... read more
old person spotting #2
First beer of the day
view of the main square from the entrance

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Arras July 2nd 2011

Is this what we cool travellers do then - sit in a foreign hotel-room in the middle of the afternoon hooked up to the wi-fi and telling the world (well, maybe a couple of close friends) what cool adventures we have been having? This is supposed to be our "out-of-our-comfort-zone" test run for the Big Trip in September. Well, I can't tell you the troubles we've endured so far. Now I know what real travellers have to put up with, I am starting to wonder about the wisdom of this grey gap-year thing. I mean, delayed on the M25 for an hour resulting in a 2-hour delay in getting onto the shuttle, a hotel whose standards of decor are, frankly, hopelessly inadequate (although the rest of it seems tolerable), indifferent service in a restaurant where the ... read more
View from the hotel, once you get bored with the white artex interior....
Birthday lunch
French beaver going for a swim (don't try Googling this!)

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