Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Highlight of the day was champagne

Our tour in the footsteps of the Anzacs begins today. After breakfast we left Paris for Flanders, scene of some of the most horrific fighting of the First World War and our home for the next four nights.

On the way we will stop at Epernay, the birthplace of Champagne, and enjoy a guided tour of the cellars of Mercier - I thought it was going to be Moet & Chandon - but this was better as Mercier is the father of champagne. Went to Reims, the historic city in the heart of the Champagne district for lunch.

Saw the magnificent cathedral, where the Kings of France were once crowned. After leaving Reims we went to the inspiring Australian 2nd Division Memorial and see the remains of trenches captured by Australian troops on the 1918 battlefield of Mont St Quentin.

On arrival in Flanders we had dinner in our hotel - the Novotel.

This memorial displayed below was destroyed by the Germans in WWII but it has been replaced with a different one.

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