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Report 2022: Nine Weeks in Country, France

By phirhon from Queensland, Australia, Spring 2012

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Page 10 of 12: Week 8 Picardy, 12 - 19 May

This week was important for us as we were to visit the battlefields of the Somme - so significant for us as Australians.

We had a very comfortable gite in the village of Caulaincourt, between St Quentin and Peronne. While our village was pretty enough, the villages as a whole do not have the charm of other areas. The result of the war I suppose.

Over the week we saw so many war cemeteries. All were beautifully maintained and it is sobering to see how many lives were lost. We had a very moving visit to the Australian memorial at Villers- Brettoneux where we found our neighbour's uncle's name on the wall.

Both St Quentin and Amiens have wonderful cathedrals. We had a lovely day down to Compiegne, where we saw the chateau and Pierrefonds as well another day we drove to the forest at St Gobain, which is very pretty. The weather was still cool. Next stop Champagne.

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