We had booked a Hotel in Arras, another town we'd visited before for the Wednesday night, when we arrived we didn't appear to have a booking, further checks revealed it was only Tuesday Oh well two nights it is and the added bonus we seemed to have won another day, we spent the two days looking around and visiting the war memorials. One thing that struck us was this very nice town like much of France and Europe is heading downhill, aggressive begging, public drunkenness (which also leads to public urination and defecation) was very much sadly in evidence, at one time the Gendarmes would have nipped this in the bud but it seems to be overlooked, sad to see and I don't think I'll visit Arras again for a while despite it being a worthwhile stop for the architecture.
We got a bit confused leaving Arras and it took us a couple of laps to get free of the town in the right direction, we headed North and due to our confusion ended up on the Highway to the Belgian border rather than the small roads, as we got near Kortrijk we turned onto the small roads before finding a place for lunch. We also tried a couple of shops looking for camping gas but to no avail, we arrived at our friend Geert's house on time and proceeded to spend a wonderful day and night in his company (apart from the 1 1/4 hour walk into and then out of the city to visit Peters bar to have a beer with Tom! To be honest I have been in Kortrijk many times but I probably saw more of the town and understood the history better thanks to the prolonged walk so thanks Geert! Unfortunately the small nightcap we were going to have turned into a whole bottle of Aberlour so we (the three of us ) were a bit sorry heided in the morning! A fine start to the Begonia rally, photos and story of which will follow soon!
|Camp scene Dijon
|Sunflowers (happy because I was unaware the French government had just robbed me)
|Be nice when its finished
|I must have said something funny
|Lunch in Epernay
|Just so you know where this is!
|Read all about it
|War memorial outside the town hall
|Took the exact same photo 10 years earlier
|You get a Moet and Chandon in a pretty cabinet.......
|All Champagne houses
|I'm not keen on Fish so I think the French word is amusing for fishmonger
|Nice vineyard and nice lady who runs it
|Middle bit, this is the press for the grapes, no sweaty feet anymore
|Entrance to the fort and barracks
|The walls much like at Ypres have the names inscribed for the men who fell and were never identified
|From the top of the church, felt like I was back at work doing surveys!
|Geert marching through his collection
|oooh er missus, big naked black lady
|Canals still being used to transport goods
|Churches change with countries
|Tom's new Guzzi, very nice
|Someones ride to work transport