I was able to spend about a day and a half in Paris. I timed my visit to the Eiffel Tower just to be up there are dusk and watch the city light up. It was quite impressive and the tower is quite nice all lit up. The following day, I hopped on a... Continue Reading →
Ypres has been my base for the last couple of days. An amazing town with a lot of great people and food. Even though the town has an old European feel to it with the buildings, basically every building is less than 90 years old. This is a result of the town being almost completely... Continue Reading →
It is hard to put into words the events of today. I joined a tour with Linving Memory Tours to tour The Somme and Vimy regions. What an incredible day and tour. It is one thing to read about these places and watch them in the news or videos and another to actually walk on the same soil.... Continue Reading →
We ended the day at Hill 67 and in the town of Caen. Hill 67 was a strategic point as most of the rest of the land around was flat farm land. The Canadians were the first allied forces to enter the town of Caen. Due to the bombardment and fighting the town was 75 % destroyed. Many... Continue Reading →
From the cemetery we traveled to a few other significant areas. First up was Authie a small village where a number of Canadian soldiers were killed and their bodies left in the street. A local doctor attempted to provide assistance to some of the soldiers , but he too was killed. Next up was an... Continue Reading →
We then visited the Beny-Sur-Mer Cemetery. There are 2043 Canadian soldiers buried here. As one might expect, it was a very sombre place. The cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Each cemetery includes a register of the graves listing the names, hometowns, regiment etc of the soldiers.