Day 10 – Bapaume to Peronne – 25.7kms in very adverse weather conditions, including hail!!!!!

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The soft early morning light on the streetscape outlook from our Bapaume Chamber d’Hote was inviting. It’s looking like we’ll have a clear sky today – what we’d really like is a sunny wind free day – yesterday’s wind was  unrelentingly bitter.

We’re missing our early morning ritual of having a cup of tea in bed to start the day. Though we do carry tea bags we find that few French hotels provide an electric jug to boil the water. Perhaps one of the benefits of going on a pilgrimage is that you learn to appreciate those little things you enjoy or have in your life at home!

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The lovely outlook to the garden from the conservatory at breakfast on Day 10 of our ‘grande journee’. We have yet to write in Madame’s visitors book – we’ll comment very positively, it’s been wonderful staying in a grand family home in the Somme.

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Madamme Odile in front of her Chambre d’Hote, Le Refuge this morning in Bapaume.

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Madamme Odile, her daughter and Sandy- in their beautiful garden in Bapaume – all ready to set off for the day’s walk to Peronne.

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A former rural mansion and its farm buildings on the outskirts of Bapaume.

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This is what ‘free range’ means ie chooks running around in a farmyard – not living in a crowded barn or cage!

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This is an area where many Australians died in the WW1 battles of the Somme. Yesterday we saw an Australian Cemetery, today we saw this British Manchester Cemetery. So much dying happened here – but to what end????

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One of the many graves in the Somme dedicated to the unknown soldier.

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The French soldiers Cemetery en route from Bapaume to Peronne.

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Here is the French version of the Somme story.

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Approaching Peronne we walked along a road with our namesake, The Avenue des Australians.

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The Australian ‘Diggers’ memorial seen as we approached Peronne this afternoon.

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Here is the Australian’s story of their involvement in this part of the war in the Somme. It’s just another aspect of our WW1 history – it’s not all about Gallipoli!!!

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This display of Australiana appears in the Perrone Office of Tourisme that we visited this afternoon. Seems Australians are rather popular here, even 100 years post our military involvement in WW1. Tourism based on visiting war graves is big business. We saw a bus load of Germans reliving their history and a large group of Brits touring around in 4 wheel drives. Needless to say we were probably the only Australians visiting sites on foot!

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This is our little petit Maison we’re staying in tonight – it’s basic shelter provided by the local church for use by Pilgrims as they pass through Peronne. It comes with a shower, 2 beds, a jug and microwave – simple but so very much appreciated.

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