Why do we travel? Sometimes it is just to relax on a beach or explore a new culture. Then there are those trips that you take to explore a time in history or follow steps of historical events. In the spring of 2016 we will embark on a journey to pay tribute to the fallen during World War I and capture the dedication of new memorials by a Canadian regiment. The Governor General's Horse Guards will be dedicating a new memorial for the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (their regiment during the war) for the battle of Somme. They will also dedicate a Governor General's Horse Guard memorial for Mount Sorrel. SomedayTrips (Stulaine Studios) will be capturing the dedications and the journey through France and Belgium for the Regiment.
The Great War (World War I) lasted 4 years and took many lives in its wake. This was of course followed years later by another great war. Much of the Great War was fought in France and Belgium with many landmarks and memorials today to remember those that had fought and lost their lives. Follow us during our trip across the countryside of France and Belgium to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Great War. You can find out more about the trip and travel plans here. We have also included a map of our intinerary below for those that would like to plan a similar trip to see the history, cemeteries, and military monuments remembering the wars. Each location pin has a link to further information on the planned trip stop.
The road trip will include a stop in Arras France for two evenings to explore some of the most famous battlefields, the Canadian Vimy memorial and the underground tunnels of Arras. More information on Arras and a documentary short video on the history of the tunnels system is captured in our 100 reasons to visit Arras travel video article.
We will be updating this post in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more information.