After welcome drinks the night before and a Pizza expedition to the nearby village of Roissy en France, our group was almost complete. Our intrepid group set out from the Novotel Roissy Convention hotel with Driver Philippe at the helm, into a bracing cool morning with rain threatening.
First stop the melancholy Forest of Compiegne where the Armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, and then 22 years later, the surrender of France to yet another invading German Army.
Then we headed for Amiens where our original intent was thwarted by deteriorating weather. After an inspection of the Cathedral and a look around a very damp canal precinct we decided to head for Arras where we were to collect the last member of our party coming in by train from Lille.
Lunch in the magnificent main square or Le Grand Place ensured we were fed and watered for the afternoon's activities. Next stop the Wellington Quarries just as the heavens opened.
Tour leader Steve and Driver Philippe headed for the Gare d'Arras to await the arrival of our last group member, Susie Nichols inbound on the TGV from Lille.
With light deteriorating we then headed for home for the next four nights, the beautiful provincial town of Peronne.