Friday, June 19, 2015

Anzac Day - Villers-Bretonneux

Rhiannon and Wade invited me to join them on a 24 hour coach tour to Villers-Bretonneux for Anzac Day...so on the evening of 24 April we left London and headed for Dover on the first leg of the adventure.....

The Channel crossing was smooth and back on the coach we settled in for some sleep (as well as you can on a coach lurching through country roads in the dark).....we reached our destination in the early hours of Anzac Day and set off to walk up to the memorial for the dawn service....along with thousands of others...

I should say that at about this time it started to rain.....but it didn't dampen our spirits as we found a seat and waited for the service to begin....the dawn service was beautiful...poignant.... and as always the last post bought tears to my eyes....

Back to the coach for a tour of some of the battlefields......

..........and lunch

......before heading back to Calais where we caught the train across the Channel and on to London.....24 hours and we were shattered! But a great experience.....and fantastic to share it with Rhi and Wade. Special memories!

Back in London and I prepared for the trip home the next weekend.....packing and repacking to fit a few purchases in!

The day before I flew home we went in to the city and spent some time at the Tower Bridge....

What a fabulous holiday - great memories but time to go home and save for the next adventure!

'Til next time.......Lorraine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

Oh Loz............how very special to be able to attend the 100th Anniversary...........big day but so worth it......

Shay said...

I had no idea you spent Anzac day in such a special way. Very impressive. Im sure it was an incredibly moving ceremony . This would have been a highlight of the trip for me!

Jeanette said...

How special. It's on my bucket list to spend an Anzac day in Gallipoli & Villiers-Bretoneux. In one of you photo's is a bullet shaped building with patterns that twist around, curious to know what it is? Hugs,xx

Daisy Jayne said...

wow - what memories.....

Katie said...

I’ve so enjoyed following your trip. Safe home! :-)

Susie said...

This looks like a wonderful trip. Lovely photos too. How special to be there on Anzac Day. Some wonderful memories have been created for you. I hope to get there one day. My mum had to give DNA 18 mths ago as they found some remains that belonged to her Uncle.

Joolz said...

Thanks for sharing your holiday with us. So many great memories, Gallipoli especially.

audrey said...

What a wonderful experience! Very special memories for sure. Just wondering, is Rhiannon your daughter? That is the name (same spelling) as my oldest daughter, aged 19.:)

Anita said...

What a special experience! On I'm sure you will always remember.