Kathie Posted 4 February , 2005 Share Posted 4 February , 2005 I am completing research on a War Memorial in South Africa. 16 out of 20 soldiers died in Belgium and France. I am retracing some of their steps and visiting graves and etc. The focus is mainly South African Infantry (which was with the 9th Division). One was with the RGA and two with the RFC. I have designed and done my own little tours before - Flanders, Somme, Verdun and so on. I am happy with what I have in mind but know that more experienced people will have a number of useful suggestions. WED 22 JUNE: Arrive Brussels and get car, drive Poperinghe and surrounds, Flanders Museum in Ypres, Menin Gate, Ariane hotel. THURSDAY 23 RD JUNE: Off early to retrace SAI on morning of 20th Sept 1917 - Langemarck - Gheluvelt Line. Suggestions of roads and and paths and how accessible. Maybe wander off to Sanctuary Wood museum/trenches etc later in day. Menin Gate. Is it better to photo names on any memorial in early morning or late afternoon. Ariane Hotel. FRIDAY 24TH JUNE: Off early to retrace SAI on 10th April 1918, Messines Ridge, in Wytschaete area. Again any suggestiosn paths and roads. Then drive to Arras. Here I need help. I would wish to go to Arras memorial to give me chance of photo today and tomorrow if it doesnt work. Then I need to go to Fampoux to retrace SAI on 12 April 1917. Where to stay in Arras???? SATURDAY 25TH JUNE: Off to Arras Memorial if not done yesterday. Off to Fampoux if not done yesterday. Am worried about traffic and how to find Fampoux. Then I want to get to Bertry cemetry, Honnechy cemetery and Le Cateux cemetery via the route of the SAI on 9th October 1918. I hear that Bantouzelle is nice???? If I cant fit all the three above in it doesnt matter because I have the next day. But where would one stay in this area ??? I would like to retrace the route effectively from the main road (forget the town) up to Bertry though on this day. Suggestions for the night?? SUNDAY 26TH JUNE: Wander around whichever of Bertry, Honnechy and Le Cateux I have not spent time in yesterday . Then holiday down to Laon. Where to stay?// MONDAY 27TH JUNE: Day in Laon. This is indulgence. The last trip I was rushing to Verdun and stopped for a quick squiz at the Cathedral so this return is to honour a promise then. Again where to stay in Laon. TUESDAY 28TH JUNE: Drive up and via Tincourt cemetery. Perhaps go on to Marrieres Wood or perhaps just straight to Peronne to reorienate at Historial. Where to Stay??? The last time I really enjoyed my hotel in Amiens - I liked having a town in which to do things but I dont want to spend all time in car. Albert doesnt really appeal to me. Any other ideas. WEDNESDAY 29TH JUNE: Revisit Delville Wood and maybe Marrieres Wood or maybe Warlencourt. Suggestions of paths and etc. Night in Peronne. THURSDAY 30TH JUNE: Maybe Marrieres Wood or Warlencourt. Suggestiosn paths and etc. Night in Peronne. FRIDAY 1ST JULY: Will go to services etc. Must go to Thiepval anyway for photos. If weather bad a problemm so might have gone another day anyway for Thiepval. Night still in Peronne. SATURDAY 2ND JULY: Along river and get to Aubigny cemetery. Then on to Rouen. Suggestions as to route. Perhaps visit St Sever Cemetery. Where to stay in Rouen?? SUNDAY 3RD JULY: Perhaps St Sever Cemetery. I know its difficult. Would I be able to find a General Hospital in Rouen - I think the one I want is 6th?? Then some culture - museum, cathedral etc. MONDAY 4TH JULY: Last bits fo anything and train to Paris. Now if anyone reading this was me what would they do differntly. Obviously I have to go to certain places but I also remember that French and Belgrium distances are very small and so a great deal can be done. I like to walk and to sit and read. I like picnic lunches and am greedy about good food meals. Pubs dont interest. any little museum or place I would like to know. My only real query is the location of my Delville, Marriers, Warlencourt, Thiepval period. I have been to Peronne but think I will be bored - except I like the Historial. Help please. Please help me fill in time usefully and enjoyably. Many thanks Kathie Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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