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Destination Western Front 14-18

2017 KEY DATES

9 April 2017 / Commemoration of 100 anniversary of the battle of Vimy (Pas-de Calais).

1s July 2017 / Annual ceremonies of the beginning of the battle of the Somme (1916) on 6 commemorative sites, including Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in the afternoon.

4th November 2017 / ‘Remembrance officiali ceremonie’ at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in the afternoon.

Vimy Ridge National Historic Site of Canada

Canada’s monument to her 11,285 soldiers reported lost on French soil during the Great War stands at the heart of a 107-hectare park overlooking the Pas-de-Calais coal basin. Built at the place where, on April 1917, Canadian troops fighting as part of the British Army captured Vimy Ridge, the memorial’s white pylons and sculpted figures mark a defining event in the history of Canada.

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

On the 1st July 1916, men from the Newfoundland Regiment, left their trenches and were immediately trapped under German machine gun fire. Half an hour later, only 68 remains unscathed. They suffered one of the highest casualty rates of the 1st July, making this one of the bloodiest actions of the Somme. Thanks to its extremely well-preserved battlefield and trench lines, this commemorative site provides a moving, realistic point of view of the battles in which men from Newfoundland Regiment were involved.

Courcelette Canadian Memorial

Flers-Courcelette was the Canadian Corps’ first major battle in September 1916. The memorial stands in the centre of a circular park, around which more than ten varieties of maple trees are planted and recorded the simple inscription: the Canadian corps bore a valiant part in forcing back the germans on these slopes during the battles of the Somme Sept 3rd – Nov 18th 1916. The memorial to mark the 11 weeks of bloody fighting by Canadians on the battlefields of the Somme should be sited at the scene of their initial victory in that long and costly struggle.

NOUVEAUTÉS

Domaine de la Klauss 4* A Montenach, près des frontières allemande et luxembourgeoise, se situe une table réputée pour sa cuisine du terroir et ses bons produits faits maison : l’Auberge de la Klauss. Forte de son succès depuis de nombreuses années, cette auberge familiale a souhaité s’agrandir en construisant un hôtel-spa 4 étoiles, qui a ouvert ses portes en janvier 2016. Les Jardins du Mess 4* à Verdun Hôtel-restaurant 4 étoiles en plein coeur de Verdun, l’établissement a ouvert en mai 2016 dans l’ancien Mess des officiers, une élégante bâtisse fin XIXe sur les bords de Meuse. Il propose 40 chambres dont 7 suites, des salles de séminaires, un spa et un bistro style restaurant gastronomique qui n'hésite pas à utiliser les produits du terroir.

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