Hello, I'm Cathy !

42 years old, I live in AUCHONVILLERS

Break advisor, Heritage advisor, WW1

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A great First World War enthusiast, I know all the sites of remembrance, from the most famous to the virtually unknown. Ask me your questions and I’ll help your prepare YOUR own circuit of remembrance!

My insider tips

Australians at Pozières app

Learn more about the Battle of Pozières by downloading the free Australians at Pozières app for your smartphones and tablets!The app can be downloaded from http://www.ww1westernfront.gov.au/pozieres-australian-memorial/index.php and will take you on a walking trail around the village in the footsteps of the Australian soldiers who fought here during the summer of 1916.

Guided tour of the Amiens Cathedral

Don't miss a guided tour of Amiens Cathedral while you're here. Exceptionally for ANZAC Day, the Amiens tourist office is proposing tours every day (from 23 to 25 April) in English at 2.30pm. And if you don't mind a bit of a climb,  the cathedral's towers will be open too, providing beautiful panoramic views over the city!

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A highly emotional visit to the Thiepval Memorial

Among all the places of remembrance, I’d like to share the one which touches me the most namely the Franco-British Memorial. This monument, with its striking architecture (45 metres high), can be seen from miles around. Its pillars bear the names of the 73,367 British and South African who died between July1915 and March 1918 and for whom there is no known grave. No matter how many times I read the names of the thousands of men who lost their lives I always feel emotional and reminded of the sheer magnitude of the First World War. In my opinion it’s THE essential site on the Circuit of Remembrance!

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A "made to measure" route retracing the local episodes of the Great War

In order to understand this episode of the world’s history at first hand, let me take you to the heart of the Battlefields and discover, at your own pace, the major sites of the Department with a guide. The Tourist Offices and some private guides, British, who have settled in the Department of Somme give guided visits of the Circuit of Remembrance to individuals, in a minibus, made-to-measure, whole day, half-day etc… Take advantage to organise your own circuit of remembrance based on what you’d like to see and do! Contact me and I’ll give you further details with pleasure!

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A walk through the countryside enabling you to learn about history in Frise

If you love going for walks in the open air then I strongly recommend the one-hour “Montagne de Frise” outing. You’ll be able to see the trenches, examine shell holes in an area dominated today by sheep and marvel at the outstanding panoramic view of the lakes and marshes of the "Haute Vallée de la Somme". “Belvédère de Frise” is a viewpoint overlooking the whole valley, allowing walkers to admire the river and gain a real insight into the history of the First World War. Don’t forget your camera whatever you do. That way, you won’t go home disappointed!

I left England, my home country, over 20 years ago to set up home in a small village in the Somme located in the heart of Poppy Country. Driven by my love of history, I used to be a guide on the battlefields as well as at the Historials in Péronne and Thiepval. Today, I’m helping promote the Somme and the Great War on the occasion of the Centenary of the beginning of the war.. So, don’t hesitate to drop by and see me at the “Maison de la Somme”, and I’ll tell you more about what happened and the places to visit…