First Day On The Somme

An early start from Dover Premier Inn to the Ferry port this morning. All excited about the days ahead. A calm crossing on the ferry..thankfully, and we arrive in France. The weather is glorious.
After a quick fuel stop we head to Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial. A breathtaking work of art dedicated to the men of Canada that lost their lives during WW1. The pictures do not give this stunning memorial justice.

We then continued our journey to Longuval where we are staying during our time in France. Snowden house is a lovely little farm house that can accommodate up to 14 people. We are only 9 so we have loads of room. Some time to have a look around and unpack for us all then back out to get some supplies from the Supermarket in Albert.

We could not go past Albert without stopping off at Lochnagar Crater to see our beautiful bench. As only a few of us have seen it, it was only fitting that the rest of the group see it. Everyone was thrilled with it. It looks just as lovely as we remembered, even more so in the evening light.
We will be back at the crater on Sunday at out half way point of that days walk.

Time for tea now so we headed into Poizier to Tommy’s, a lovely restaurant/museum. A very delicious meal was had by all.
We then headed back to the house to unpack our shopping and relax for the rest of the evening.

Tomorrow we start our walk at Sheffield Memorial Park at 9am. We will be passing among other places Redan Ridge, The Sunken Road and Ance Cemetary. The walk for the day ending at Newfoundland Park. So if you happen to be at any of these please say Hi if you see us…and drop a few euro in our collection tin!

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