Gravesham Town Twinning Association

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Our visit to Cambrai

Neumünster comes to stay

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On a hot weekend, 15 town twinners travelled by coach to Cambrai. We were welcomed at a local farm and were soon with our hosts hearing about the plans for our stay.

 

On Saturday we journeyed to  Lens where the world famous Louvre Museum has created a spectacular annexe. We viewed artifacts going back over 5,000 years and a guide took us through the social history to go with them.

 

At Notre Dame de Lorette  there is a cemetery and repository for 45,000 soldiers from wars 1914 to date. Then  nearby is

l"Anneau de la mémoire" -- the Circle of Remembrance where there are 586,000 names engraved on brass  of all those from all countries who died in the battles around the area in the First World War

 

On the Sunday we arrived at Souccea on the Tour de France route and after an al fresco lunch stood ready to watch the event and all the long procession that proceeds it. Including the water truck that sprays the crowds! The cyclists took three minutes to pass -- and then a happy farewell dinner before the journey home.

 

 

 

 

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Our visit to the Shepherd Neame brewery at Faversham was at the request of our friends from Neumünster. They said they would like to visit where English beer is made and where better than the oldest brewer. They enjoyed the tastings very much.

 

We called in on the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale where we heard about the German apple and pear varieties held there.

 

The weather made us decide to have our barbecue at Chalk Parish Hall and the 50 plus of us had a great home-cooked meal and a singalong. Music crosses all borders.

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