An early start by 0200 after we had worked to turn on the mini-bus' headlights we were off down the road to the Australian National Memorial. As recommended by the DVA, we arrived early for good seats which we took up after a warming coffee and croissant.
You could not say it was warm; windy, rainy and freezing more like. Nonetheless the ineptitude of the padre in failing to sort out the weather did not detract from the service. Highest quality in all fields. Of note was the speech by The Hon Christopher Pine MP where he intertwined the story of his own ancestors to great effect.
When the service concluded, we drove to Amiens and visited the cathedral; magnificent in every way. Lunch was had in a nearby restaurant. For those with a chocolate fetish, very indulgent.
Our last activity of the day was a visit to Heath Cemetery where John H detailed the battle of Amiens emphasising the capability of the Australian Corps, the brilliance of its commander and their role ensuring the war was won in 1918.
An early run to our hotel and another quality evening meal.