Find out about the history of your australian relatives in ww1

The author / Western front travels
This site is dedicated to my Grandfather, who disappeared after returning from WWI. He fought for my freedom which I know does not come without cost. I am eternally grateful for his efforts and what he stood for. I love you Grandad, good on ya mate. FOR KING & COUNTRY. R.I.P. Albert Alfred Curry.

This is a guide to help you set up your own tour

Single person hired car set up costs for 3 weeks travel to France and Belgium (2008) Weather conditions can get foggy and overcast but in late April-May it was a pleasant 15-20?C Driving and navigating on the opposite side of the road was a challenge but the freedom to go anywhere was an awesome experience never to forget.

Checklist I used in 2008

Total Costs approximately $6,000.00

Conclusion

Two weeks would have been more than enough for the average person. Because I had more research details of my family members who fought in WW1 I needed more time to locate their coordinates on the battlefield. Next time I will visit the Normandy Beaches and Verdun Forts and Memorials.

What I took with me

Useful Website Links

Memorials and Cemeteries

Museum Links

Handy Tips when Driving

Motorway Tollgates are slightly different in France and Belgium. Sometimes you need to push the button and take a ticket the gate will rise up. Then insert that ticket at the next gate. Pay Cash or use your Debit Credit Card if there is no tollgate attendant. Tollgate attendants were normally in the middle.

When navigating by car to a particular destination make a quick list of all the villages you need to pass through and include highway numbers. I found that all roads in most small villages in France head straight for the church and then twist back out again. Look for the signposts for the next village and highway number and use a compass after to make sure your heading out in the right direction. You will get use to it after a while and make sure you slow down through the village because police are cracking down on the speed limits a lot.

If you are looking for fresh bread rolls (baguettes) to make lunch later on. Look for people coming out of shops early in the morning with them. Just ask nicely and they should be able to point out where to buy them.

Paris/Charles-de-Gaulle Airport is located to the north east of Paris. There are Terminals 1-2-3. Remember when you hire your car which one you came out of. Get your road maps out and face them the direction you are going. To get to the Battlefields of the Somme you are looking for Motorway A1 and remember to get your money or debit card ready for the Tollgates.

Driving on the opposite side of the road remember this saying when you stop at an intersection. “Look left and live”. This will put you in the right frame of mind and help you look in the right direction.

The French drive very fast and tailgate a lot up your backside before they pass you so keep to the slow lanes on the Motorways. Watch your mirrors on the country back roads and get ready to overtake tractors on a regular basis. Watch your fuel and fill up when ever you can in the morning.

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