Paying our Respects at Vimy Ridge
The ground the memorial sits on has been granted as a part of Canada. The Canadian government looks after the maintenance of the site and the preserved fields where the battle took place.
If You Go to Vimy Ridge
We arrived in Paris, spent a few days seeing the sights, then hopped a train to Lens in northern France. The trip takes about 90 minutes. Costs vary depending on time of day and number of stops, but we paid about €15 each.
Once in Lens, we spent a pleasant few days at a small hotel called “The House”. The easiest way to get to the memorial from Lens is to hire a taxi for the 15 km trip. Because the memorial is so popular during April, there were many taxis that travel up to the memorial and for the return trip to Lens.
We came across a small restaurant called Oh Sapristi. We were pleasantly surprised and recommend it should you go. As well, there are many small shops in Lens for souvenir hunters, or for the casual shopper.
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