25/01/18 – Calais to Arras Booked on the tunnel for 9.50a.m we are on our way !!! yey
Arrive an hour closer to lunch ….bonus for a hungry Horrace like me !!! Ummm we are in France what shall we buy ??? Yes cakes so we arrive in Arras
and go in search, find a boulongerie and buy a baguette and 2 cakes, a custard/cheesecake one and an apple frangipane, now they are both huge but lack the finesse of the usual French cake, so as we are passing another cake shop we go for a “posh” one, note posh box !!!
We try all of them after our lunch, the cheesecake one is actually a gorgeous creamy creme anglais tart, numero Uno is delish, numero dos we find something in the middle, which I think is mouldy cheese, but no what a fool am I it’s an Egyptian Spinx model !!!
Anyway another triumph it was scrummy. Now numero tres which was nearly the same cost as both of the others together, almond chocolate over meringue and crunchy bits, nice but could do better. So always stick to the old adage ” never judge a book by its cover”
Had a bit of a look on trip advisor on what to do in Arras, and it came up with The Wellington tunnels. After lunch we head off there, am unexplainablely excited, Dave on the other hand is very underwhelmed and is so happy when we arrive there and the tunnels are shut.
We have a look around the information office and small museum, where we were offered a 10 minute film to watch so watch we do, very interesting and informative and we are told more history by the gentleman at the desk.
Throughout the great war, Arras along with Verdun were the only towns situated on the Front line. From 1916 a network of galleries was set up by New Zealand tunnelers 20 meters underground, to link the impressive chalk quarries together ,(having been dug in the south suburb of Arras since the middle ages) and get closer to the German positions. Gathered within this secret base, 20,000 soldiers from all over the world emerged from the underground just a few metres from German positions, in the morning of April 9th 1917.
Monument to recognise the work of 500 New Zealand tunnellers in the Arras quarries 1916-17,
View from the van tonight.
Tomorrow we head off again in search of warmer weather, but so much more to see in Arras, we will be back.