Holiday in the Somme

At the end of October 2013 I went on holiday to the Somme region of France with my family.

We stayed in a gîte in the quiet village of Carnoy.

While we were there we visited many sites associated with The Great War of 1914 - 1918.

 

from the courtyard

The Gîte we stayed at was in the small village of Carnoy, and was approximately 200m from the front line. 

Remains of the line could be seen in the field adjacent to the Gîte

The back of the Gîte
Gîte viewed form opposite side of Grand Rue.

The Gîte was large - five bedrooms, two sitting rooms, a massive kitchen-dining room, three bathrooms and a double garagethat would easily hold 4 cars.

James at the Gîte

 

Graham and James at the Gîte

The Gîte was on one side of a courtyard, with farm buildings on the other sides.

The garden had lawns, flower beds, apple trees and a large pen with about 12 chickens.

James
In the garden at the Gîte
Chickens at the Gîte
In the garden at the Gîte
Garden at the Gîte

Field adjacent to the Gîte

Field adjacent to the Gîte
Field adjacent to the Gîte

The fields next to the Gîte were where the front line had been.  The remains of the trenches could be seen as depressions in the land.

In the wood next to the Gîte there were relics from the war, including a collapsed dug-out and a pile of track from a trench railway.

Field adjacent to the Gîte
Field adjacent to the Gîte
Collapsed dug-out
Trench Railway track
Gîte Garden

Each year the farmers uncover remains of the battle, including some unexploded shells.  These are collected and placed near the roadside for collection and disposal.

We found an unexploded shell in the wood at the back of the Gîte.

Iron Harvest
Live shell in the wood behind the Gîte
Live shell in the wood behind the Gîte
Live shell in the wood behind the Gîte
Field behind the Gîte

The boys enjoyed exploring the small village.

Evidence of the battles could be seen everywhere, even though the war had taken place nearly 100 years before.

Roadside Crater
Graham
Sunset at the Gîte
James and Graham in Carnoy
         

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