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The Dynasty-Tour

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Marilyne

Hi all, 

 

Today the 15th November is "Fête de la Dynastie" and so our C-in-C, HM the King is giving us all a day off! 

What better to do with this free time I thought, than to spend it on the Western Front, armed with the rocket-launcher camera and my trusted Tank humming merily along... what could possibly go wrong?? 

Left MeF this morning with good prospects, clear sky... around Valenciennes the sun was starting to come up, a nice red and by the time I turned on the Autoroute des Anglais, it was a crisp sunny morning, with just a bit of ground fog to make the pics interesting and a color temperature to make nature-loving photographers squeal of joy... 

 

FIVE MINUTES LATER (am not kidding you...) , as I parked the Tank next to the Nécropole Notre Dame de Lorette, I was facing one of the biggest pea-soup I have ever seen!! 

Visibility dropped to 50cm and after five minutes trying to figure out how to save the day, photographically speaking, my fingers were half frozen... 

 

I did a little tour through the cemetery, litteraly bumped into one of the guardians and finally gave up any hope on good pics for the morning. I had never seen the Anneau de la Mémoire before... still haven't... in a way... 

 

So here a few pics... more of the day to follow... I ended up visiting the two museums first then ventured out to Cabaret Rouge, La Targette and ended the day at Vermelles, where I found some interesting graves to research. 

Tomorrow's another day... 

 

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Scalyback

I rather like your photos. More please! 

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Marilyne

sure... this was Cabaret Rouge Cemetery. 

 

more fog... 

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a row or two... that's for Pete... 

 

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and of course the former grave of the Canadian Unknown;

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Please now allow for some time to sort all the rest out: Boyfriend at home...he rather I'd take care of him than my collection of graveyard-pictures... go figure!!! 

 

M. 

 

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Marilyne

La Targette: 

 

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Fattyowls

Pete likes the row, thanks for that.

 

You've made the weather conditions work for you; considering how big Cabaret Rouge is and how the eye seems drawn away towards the Lorette ridge it changes the aspect completely and makes you concentrate on the concentration.Which in my view is a Good Thing. I like the way the fog seems to flow between the cypress down towards the Stone of Remembrance, and the last one at La Targette is an absolutely superb composition.

 

I should be inspired to try harder myself but you know what I'm like.

 

Pete.

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Marilyne

After being thoroughly soaked and wet, I decided to call it a day after visiting the museum at Notre Dame.

I stopped for fuel (before the big rush on the next day), did a last stop at Vermelles (some interesting graves to research but nothing really extraordinary in view of pictures) and then went to my hotel where I spent like half an hour under the hot water... bliss... before starting this thread.

Newt day, 16th, was mostly about visiting the ladies for my "Women buried on the Western Front" thread and that went quite well... I avoided bringing the big camera into Lilles Southern Cemetery as a crowd was gathering for a burial and at Lillers did not see the point, but I tried to capture the bleak mood in Longuenesse (Souvenir) Cemetery at St Omer.

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Mostly of course I was there for the sad Nurses of the 30/9/17 air raid.

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It was a nice little tour...

 

M.

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Scalyback

Top stuff. If you ever venture down the Somme I have  some requests and not just graves.

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Marilyne
18 hours ago, Scalyback said:

Top stuff. If you ever venture down the Somme I have  some requests and not just graves.

I'll give you a heads up when I'm back in the area

 

M.

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Scalyback
5 hours ago, Marilyne said:

I'll give you a heads up when I'm back in the area

 

M.

 

That would be very kind. Will have to PM you the story to it.

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