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We went on a trip to France and Belgium after Easter. The purpose of our visit was to visit the graves of relatives killed in the First World War.

39. We went to visit "Hill 62" - the museum part was not very well maintained and smelled of cat pee! but there were some interesting exhibits.
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Apr 21 2010 12:05 GMT hans55 PRO
someone has been very creative with ammo !! :-)
Apr 21 2010 12:11 GMT Sheila PRO
Yes, I wasn't sure whether I liked this or not! They had lots of thingsmade from shells and cartridges on display. Some had been intricately worked into beautiful vases but to me, the original use made them macabre and repelling.
Apr 21 2010 14:08 GMT Papagena
I would have had the same impression Sheila !! Wasn't it too emotional to follow all these memory places ???
Apr 21 2010 14:20 GMT Sheila PRO
It was very emotional. But it was something I had felt I wanted to do for a long time. It's amazing how you can feel emotion for people you have never met who died almost 100 years ago. But at least it was a comfort to me that somebody from their family went to visit them....if they are able to know, it might have been a comfort to them too. We should never forget thier bravery and sacrifice.
Apr 22 2010 22:06 GMT styxpix
Went there! Very scruffy isn't it? But that sort of made it real...if it was like a city museum in an air-conditioned building it would lose its impact! We have a shell case 'vase' - very heavy, no idea where it came from. We also have a smaller one with a fluted edge - beautiful!

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