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Arrondissement d’Arras

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17 travelers at this place:

  • Day6

    Today we visited the Vimy site. Our first stop was the visitor centre. The staff consists of Canadian university students who are their for 4 month shifts. They are incredibly friendly and wonderful to talk to as we understand everything they are saying (no accents). Right away we toured the trenches and tunnels. The trenches have been rebuilt but are in the exact locations and formations We saw both the Canadian trenches and the German trenches as well as "No man's land" in between. The tunnels were the most interesting. We came out of them right where the Canadians would have come out to fight in the middle of no man's land. The visitors centre was new last year to the site for the 100th anniversary of the battle.Read more

  • Day8

    The Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries are extremely well kept and beautiful. This one is called Cabaret Rouge. It is a rather large one with more than 7,650 soldiers buried here. We have included a picture of the headstone from the unknown soldier who was removed from this cemetery and now lies at the War Memorial in Ottawa.

  • Day6

    The Vimy memorial was very impressive and we had a beautiful day to see it as it really stood out against the blue sky. It wasn't as big as we were expecting based on what we had seen on TV. There were not too many other people there and we were able to go all over it basically on our own. As it's a very bright white marble and it was a bright and sunny day you had to be very careful. It made the large steps all over it very hard to see. We were very impressed and felt incredibly lucky to be able to see it.Read more

  • Day6

    This is a Canadian WW1 Cemetery that is located right at the edge of where John Kennedy fought at Vimy Ridge. We had to hike in to it. Along the way we were seeing craters in the woods from the bombings much like in the Vimy park. We also spotted 4 barbed wire posts left in the woods. We reached the cemetery and it was incredibly well maintained. We continued hiking further as Doug was hoping to spot landmarks and find some shrapnel balls. He had no luck but we did find poppies growing wild.Read more

  • Day5

    This afternoon we toured ancient caves at the city of Arras. They were originally constructed in medieval times. During WW1 the Australians build 20 km's of tunnels connecting them all. By times over 20,000 soldiers were living in these tunnels and caves. Doug's Great Grandfather John Kennedy lived in these tunnels from April 1st through the 5th in 1918. So far two carvings from his battalion have been found in the tunnels.Read more

  • Day7

    This is the Grand Place and Place des Hero's. Basically the town squares of Arras. We were lucky and hit market day. The foods in the booths were amazing. Much of the buildings were destroyed in the two world wars and then rebuilt. There's still bullet holes in the columns. John Kennedy spent a day during the war in one of the buildings in the Grand Place.

  • Day7

    There is a cave and tunnel system under the village of Arras dating back to the 1100's. It was very interesting touring and hearing if it's various uses throughout history. Of special interest of course was the fact these were part of the system that housed 24,000 men during WW1. This meant all these men went undetected by the Germans. When it was time for the battle they all poured out of various entrances right in front of the unsuspecting Germans and they won the battle of Arras.Read more

  • Day10

    We were reasonably sure this would be our last dinner in France so we decided to walk to the creperie in the Petit Place for dinner. We ate outside facing the square. In the middle of our first course we heard bagpipes in the distance. Eventually a pipe and drum band came around and into the square and stopped right in front of us (they were going into the restaurant next to us). As we finished our desserts they got into formation again and performed a whole show in the square. They were bearing flags from Canada, France and Britian. Amazing Grace was fantastic to hear like that while you stood in the very square where John Kennedy had been. What a fantastic end to our stay in Arras!!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Arrondissement d’Arras, Arrondissement d'Arras

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