It is a bit of a cliche for a school trip, but after Paris we moved onto the battlefields of the Somme and then Ypres.This is one of my favourite tours. It is always awe inspiring and moving. This time we were there for 11th November and had a real expert with us who acted as our guide which made it even more interesting than normal. I think given half a chance, I could become a real bore on this subject! Something I will, hopefully, avoid.
We started at the North of the Somme battlefields at Serre. This is a good starting point as you can see the front line marked out in cemeteries. We focused on the area where the Accrington Pals were wiped out on the first morning of the Somme, pretty much devastating the small town.
The land where the battle took place was presented by France to Canada as a mark of gratitude for the bravery of the men who fought here. The monument to the dead is a caribou the symbol of Newfoundland.
The final stop on the first day of our battlefields tour was at the most impressive Thiepval memorial. This has 72,191 names carved onto it of the missing who died in the Battles of the Somme with no known grave.
Like almost all of the War cemeteries Thiepval is very beautiful and immaculately maintained by the CWGC.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.