This morning we were met at our hotel by our guide Vic, who took us through some of the Battlefields of France.
Our first stop was The Adelaide Cemetery, where many Australians lay It was from this cemetery the body of the unknown soldier who rests in Canberra was taken.
From there we visited the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Brettoneoux. On this memorial are the names of the many who lost their lives in the war. On the memorial you can see damage from fire during the Second World War. We also visited the Sir John Monash Centre and had the opportunity to get more of an insight to what the soldiers experienced day to day.
We then went to the Lochnagar Crater, a huge crater which remains following a number of mines exploding. At the time of the many explosions the tremors were so strong it is said they were felt in London.
Our final two stops were to see the First Australian Division memorial and the Second Australian Division memorial outside Pozieres. This memorial mark two places where Australian soldiers had a huge impact on the war, but also where many Australians lost their lives. It was a somber morning, but everyone appreciated the opportunity to listen, learn and reflect.
From the Somme we then made our way to our hotel on Paris for a quick check in before heading to The Champs Élysées for dinner. After dinner we climbed the Arc de Triomphe for an incredible view of Paris at night.
Before heading back to our hotel we watched The Eiffel Tower light up, what a fabulous end to our first evening in Paris.