Arrondissement de Péronne

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    • Day 90

      Reise nach Belgien ..

      September 20, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

      Auf der Durchreise ...ein Stopp zur Übernachtung an der idyllischen "Somme" 💫🐢🦢🕊️🐟🐾

      Der Name Somme geht auf keltische Ursprünge zurück. Die Römer nannten den Fluss Samara. Die Somme wurde weltweit bekannt durch die Schlacht an der mindestens einer Million Toten und Verwundeten eine der blutigsten Schlachten des Ersten Weltkriegs 🥀Read more

    • Day 1

      Sonntag Camping du Château de I Oseraie

      July 10, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Hallo Follower,
      Da bin ich wieder..., der Reiseneurotiker. Heute ist der erste Tag Richtung Bretagne. Ich will hoffen, dass wir am Dienstag unser erstes Ziel dieser vierwöchigen Reise "Locronan" erreichen. Laut Beschreibung soll dieser Ort einer der 12 schönsten Frankreichs sein. Ja..., da sind wir mal gespannt...Read more

    • Day 20

      Day 17 - Perrone to Trefcon

      May 7 in France ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      It was a much shorter walk today. I'd finished about 2:30 and, as luck would have it, I can't get into my accommodation until 5 pm! So I'm sitting on the steps of the local church completely relaxing with two donkeys, a roaming chicken, and a horse to keep me company. My accommodation last night was very basic, donation style, in the grounds of the presbytery. I had to source my own breakfast, a first for me in France, and was delighted to find a bakery open (on a Sunday morning). I waited for the supermarket to open, grabbed some fruit, and set off in the rain. It was not another mud day, but I did have to traverse a quagmire (photo included for verification). I came across some church ruins and a grave, dated 1865, being overgrown by a tree!Read more

    • Day 19

      Day 16 - Bapaume to Perrone

      May 6 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      I'm walking through a very small section of what was known in WWI as the Western Front. Today, I saw my first actual poppy! Not a manufactured mass produced one or a beautifully hand crafted one, but the real thing. I walked down the Avenue des Australiens here in Perrone and visited an Australian War Memorial (on that same road). Call me corny, but I sang our National Anthem, out loud (and we all know how loud my voice is), not the second verse (we don't believe that, or offer it, anymore) in front of the statue. I felt it was the least I could do to recognise and acknowledge those young people who had no idea what they were getting themselves into and still did their absolute best. My Great Uncle being one of them. Also, I climbed that church tower, right up to the bells (should have taken off my backpack). When I got to the top, I was so scared that I had to close my eyes, and I forced myself to take a photo of one of the bells as I clutched the rail. Finally, I crossed the Canal du Nord and was lucky enough for two boats to be coming through.Read more

    • Day 5

      Stempel! En een probleem...

      July 12, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Weer een stempel erbij! En kijk die lijntjes op m'n benen haha! Maar goed, ik heb wel een probleem. Blijkbaar heb ik de haringen op de vorige camping achterlaten... Dat is niet zo handig natuurlijk 🙄 Maar met wat hulp uit Nederland ben ik erachter gekomen dat ik morgen door een stad fiets met een Decathlon. Dus als we het positief bekijken: morgen gaan we shoppennnn🎉🎉Read more

    • Day 6

      Prinses op de erwt

      July 13, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Goedemorgen! Kennen jullie het verhaal van de prinses op de erwt? Nou, dat gaat dus niet over mij... Nadat ik net m'n tent heb opgeruimd vind ik precies onder m'n tent op de plek van m'n luchtbed de haringen. Laten we het erop houden dat ik gister nogal moe was van het fietsen?!Read more

    • Day 25

      Stage 16: Trefcon to Saint-Quentin

      May 5 in France ⋅ ☁️ 54 °F

      I had breakfast with Anic Urier, who had also invited me to dinner last night. I explained to her what a Camino Angel is, so she was pleased. I had arrived in Trefcon not knowing there was no food. My gîte was weird, too. The shower only had scalding water and the toilet didn’t flush. If I had known that I would have spent the night at Anic’s house, which was literally a 20 second walk from the gîte.

      Today’s walk went well……until my phone almost died after only three hours and the charger didn’t work ( I thought I charged it all night but maybe it wasn’t plugged in all the way?). I was pretty unnerved since I needed the GPS to find Saint-Quentin as well as the name and address of my hotel. At 3% I found my first bar and plugged it in. Very nice…..except for the drunk lady who kept stroking my raincoat and hat. 🤨 It was only 12:30! Sheesh!

      The walk included a few small woods but mostly it ran along farmland. Wheat, colza and newly planted beets.

      Lots of cemeteries. This region was devastated by WWI and WWII. The towns were pretty much razed by the fighting and rebuilt afterwards, so most everything is less than 100 years old. Red brick everywhere.

      The French war dead are grouped together in big cemeteries. The English, Germans, Canadians, Australians, etc., are in their own cemeteries where the battle took place. Each country takes care of its own cemetery, usually through local associations. I was told there is a lot of WWI tourism, as people want to see where Great-Grandpa fought and was buried. A lot of that, which explains all the tour pamphlets I see everywhere.

      The countryside is beautiful. Some of the villages are nice but the towns make tge countryside look even better.

      No sighseeing because I need to rest my legs for tomorrow and because it’s RAINING.
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    • Day 23

      Stage 14: Bapaume to Péronne

      May 3 in France ⋅ ☀️ 50 °F

      My knee is much better and I hope to be back on the road tomorrow. Yay!

      Note my accommodations: how efficient to put the shower in the kitchen. 🙂🙂🙂 It looks like I have the place to myself.

      Péronne is probably the most frequently destroyed city in Europe. Several times in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and obliterated in WWI and WWII. Just about everything is less than 100 years old.

      At the Mairie a wonderful guide showed me the collection of local artifacts, most of them 2-3,000 years old.

      The Historial is a museum devoted to WWI.
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    • Day 24

      Stage 15: Péronne to Trefcon

      May 4 in France ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

      My knee is fine now. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 I walked 10+ miles to Trefcon with no pain. Just fatigue. It took five hours, which is kind of slow. Better slow than never.

      The path was through a lot of little woods and through farmland. I took a wrong turn in the farmland and had to cut across some fields. It’s not like in the movies……it’s difficult!

      Near Trefcon, in the woods, I came across an abandoned cemetery. Kind of spooky. Did not dawdle.

      Trefcon is very tiny and I made the mistake of assuming I could buy food here. I’ll figure it out with the help of the gîte owner.
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    • Day 13

      Peronne 17 miles

      July 25 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      What a difference a day makes. Not raining - well it wasn’t when I set off and stayed pretty much dry all day. A breakfast - well a fairly poor French one but a heck of a lot better than none at all.

      So all going grand. Off I went but then I became aware of 3 slightly disturbing things. To begin with, to set the scene, most days I am walking from somewhere to somewhere with very little infrastructure in between. Certainly no food to be bought. So why is it that I never buy lunch as I set off? I know I am not the sharpest tool in the box sometimes, especially in the morning, but it really isn’t rocket science. Just because I am not hungry at 9.30am doesn’t mean I’m not going to get peckish by 1.30pm. Day after day. Quite incredible.

      The second thing was I realised that I was being followed. I was leaving town by a bit of a shortcut. Yesterday was a bit tough so I thought I would take advantage of a shortcut that I had identified from the map. I had done an extra mile yesterday so cutting a mile off today seemed justifiable. I haven’t seen any walkers let alone pilgrims so far so it did seem odd that these two gentlemen suddenly appeared behind me on this out of the way path. Both carrying pilgrim sized rucksacks. Just to be clear I mean large enough to last a pilgrimage rather than large enough to contain a pilgrim. Strangely unhappy about having them behind me. Luckily, I came upon a military cemetery. This is Somme country and they seem to be everywhere. As I frequently do, I spend some time in these and the lads had gone on ahead by the time I got going again. Never saw them again.

      The third thing had me thinking. I noticed that one of my “footprints”, as this app calls entries, has been liked by someone I don’t know. Now I am writing this thing partly as a memento which I will get printed when I finish and partly to keep friends and family informed as to what I’m getting up to. To make that easier for them I had to make it public so anyone can read it. But I never thought that anyone else would. Good grief it must be boring enough for someone who does know me, and bless you all for reading it, but I can’t imagine anyone else being bothered. It’s a strange world.

      Staying tonight in a sort of Youth Hostel. Strange definition of youth if it includes me. Still, I’m not complaining as it is only 30€ a night including breakfast. Got to use my own sleeping bag but that isn’t too onerous.
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    Arrondissement de Péronne, Arrondissement de Peronne

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