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Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Lille April 22nd 2007

One of the most moving experiences of our trip to France and Belgium was the visit to the Newfoundland Memorial Park situated some 10kms north of Albert and opened in 1925. It is a memorial to the armed forces of Newfoundland who were once independent of Canada Along with preserved trench lines there are a number of memorials and cemeteries contained within the park. Always a popular destination for WW1 battlefield visitors, the park was a focus of early pilgrimages by survivors of the war. A peaceful place today, this park occupies the ground over which the Newfoundland battalion (together with British battalions of the 29th Division) made their unsuccessful attack on 1 July 1916. The Newfoundlanders suffered 684 casualties, about 70% of their strength. The original trenches and many shell craters can still be ... read more
The Caribou Memorial
Looking across to Hawthorn Ridge

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Lille April 21st 2007

Having travelled through France from Calais and into Belgium we arrived at the town of Ypres. Ypres is a small Flemish market town, just over the border from France, quite similar to many towns in Belgium. The town of Ypres was the scene of some of the worst fighting of the war with 500 0000 dead in an area of 25 square kilometers. Ypres was one of the first places where chemical warfare was employed. Ypres was totally razed to the ground during four years of fighting. Ypres these days has the title of "city of peace" and on the day we visited, the Market Square was buzzing with activity. The imposing Cloth Hall dominates the skyline. It was built in the 13th century and was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle ... read more
The Cloth Hall
The Menin Gate Memorial

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Calais October 5th 2006

Here´s some picks from last nights partay on the cruise and back at the hotel. On the bus back to the hotel we had a raffle. The winner got to kick our tour footy (that the guys played with at every servo stop) off the back of the ferry on the way back to England. Kev won so he wrote his address on the ball and asked to return to sender. Everyone on our tour met up on the back of the ferry to farewell the footy. It was an impressive kick (much better than the one at the footy a few weeks before). Tonight we said our last goodbye´s to everyone we had spent the last 3 weeks with. ... read more
Kev´s Big Kick

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Calais July 8th 2006

Rob kindly took me to France for my birthday.... read more
Castle and moat
Hotel Hermitage
Wall around the city.

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Dunkerque June 27th 2006

Well, having started my intrepid journey, I have reached the distant shores of Northern France. After 1 week, I have managed to travel to Dunkerque, or more precisely, a small town on the coast called Gravelines (odd name). there is a nucleaur power plant nearby, but people look normal enough. Locals are very friendly. Saturday night there was a big party at a large (very large) house by the camp site. Turned out to be local biker club annual bash. Had 2 live bands and a bar and security guards. Went to have a look, got talking to security who let me in (nice chaps). Music was good (if u like Pink Floyd with an outragous French accent - see gallery) and drank with some locals, nice! Most English campers/caravaners I have come across are old ... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Calais June 10th 2006

Day 9, 9th June. Lydd - Dover (ferry) Calais (FRANCE) - Wissant The landlord gave us tea this morning and we set off at ten for Dover, it was a lovely sunny day. The route was fairly flat to Folkstone where we had lunch and split up, arranging to meet up at the Hoverspeed terminal in Dover. Rory and Toby decided to see the Russian nuclear sub in the harbour, I cycled with Scott and Leslie uphill, to Dover. We stopped at the Battle of Britain memorial on the cliffs and could see France in the distance. We had ice-cream in Dover and waited at the terminal for the others who arrived with minutes to spare. We bade goodbye to England till - I don’t know when and the boat left at 4pm. The white cliffs ... read more
Wissant - Bunkers!
French Francs
Weapon facility

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Calais June 4th 2006

After a comfy night sleep we woke up around 8.30am and packed our bags. Seeing as Dover is pretty small we walked to the Ferry port. It wasn't as short as a walk as I estimated, but it was a gorgeous walk nonetheless. We stopped at the beach so my friend Mark could collect a dirt sample for his friend who collects dirt from different countries. So we get to the ferry terminal and I head first to SeaFrance. The next sailing is in an hour and costs 12quid. Hmm, so I head over to P&O Ferries, 4quid and the bus to the ferry is leaving in 2 minutes, sold! Now, coming from British Columbia, I have been on BC Ferries many many times and love the new refurbished ones, this ferry was like a cruise ... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Dunkerque May 8th 2006

Tisdag 18 April kl. 12: Får tillbaks mobilen. Nån som jobbade på en restaurang vid sidan av skidbacken hittade den. Carlos säger att jag har mer tur än någon annan han träffat. Det är kanske att ta i lite, men lite tur har man ju... Vi får också reda på att det skall bli gemensam middag på en restaurang vilket ju låter trevligt. kl. 19: Vi får reda på att restaurangen ligger uppför bergen och vi måste traska upp dit i snön... Ingen har med sig snöskor eller ens vinterskor. Det blir minst sagt vått och vi börjar förstå varför middagen var inkluderat i priset för skidresan... Själva middagen blir ganska mysig med en riktig eldbrasa och allt. Utan en tanke på att vi kanske måste traska ner för berget efteråt söp vi oss fulla. kl. ... read more
Själva byn Les 2 Alpes
Vi var jävligt fulla
Skidbacken som försvann

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Dunkerque May 7th 2006

Det känns otroligt konstigt att skriva den där meningen, att allting är snart över och man måste återvända till den gråa trista vardagen (ja så grå och tråkig är den väl inte men ni förstår vad jag menar). Det är helt enkelt vemodigt att bli vuxen och Peter Pan skulle säkert instämma. Men innan jag börjar deppa måste jag skriva DEN SISTA BLOGGEN!!! Ja, vad har hänt sen sist? Det viktigaste var väl skidresan till Les 2 Alpes i en vecka. Skidor, sprit, fula solbrännor och kvinnor i underkläder. Vad mer kan man önska sig? Fredag 14 April kl. 22: Avresa mot de Franska fjällen och vi har laddat rejält. Kebab, ett keg med Heineken (ja de gör faktiskt Heineken i keg-format) samt ett litet bråk med Tunisier som försökte sno Carls plånbok (jag antar bara ... read more
Les 2 Alpes
Simon med sina 126 öl...
Öl kl. 9. 48

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Dunkerque April 12th 2006

Vad vore våren utan regn, kyla och förkylning? Ja, inte en vår som jag någonsin varit med om iaf... Ja, eftersom jag inte rest så mycket under Mars månad pga diverse problem med pengar och legalitet så tänkte jag (på allmän begäran vill jag tillägga) berätta lite mer om vardagen har i Lille. Dels för att göra er alla så förskräckta av Frankrike att ni aldrig vågar sätta fot här igen, och dels för att det hela tillfredställer mina narcissistiska behov. Då så, vart ska jag börja? Jo jag kan väl börja med att förklara varför jag inte kan hälsa på er alla nu på Valborg som det var tänkt från början. Det hela börjar med att mitt pass gick ut nu den sista mars och dessförinnan hade jag skickat in alla papper till Svenska konsulatet ... read more
David, Janine, Marion och Sahib
Carlos
Hundskit




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