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I am spending some time in Paris and I want to go to see the battlefields and cemeteries at the Somme, but I don't really know how to go about it. Any tips would be appreciated!

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    Sun day over 9 years ago

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    Sunday over 9 years ago

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    Alex, I did this a few years back helping my wife trace her grandfather's footsteps... he fought at Villers-Brettoneaux. We hired a car and stayed in Amiens and did day trips. But I'd suggest for just 1 day, head straight to Perrone - there's a fabulous museum of the first world war there. Or you could do the commonwealth war cemetery just outside V-B.
    Thing is, everywhere you go there are little war cemeteries, some no bigger than a couple of tennis courts (they're always signposted - the French take great care of them). Just inside the gate of each is a brick box, inside are 2 books. One lists the names of all those who are buried there (if their name is known - many are simply registered as 'known unto God'). The second book is a visitors book where you can write a comment. It's a very moving experience and highly recommended.
    Phil over 9 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • Do you know how I can get there via public transport? Thanks for the tips though! Alex Siegers over 9 years ago
    • Alex, might be best i you organise a guided tour. I've dealt with this Aussie company before: http://www.battlefields.com.au/ or ehre's another: http://www.frenchtravelboutique.com SafetyHub over 9 years ago

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