On a more sombre note, Picardy, Artois and Flanders are littered with the monuments, battlefields and cemeteries of the two world wars, and nowhere as intensely as the region northeast of Amiens, between Albert and the appealing market town of Arras with its pair of handsome squares. It was here, among the fields and villages of the Somme, that the main battle lines of World War I were drawn. They can be visited most spectacularly at Vimy Ridge, just off the A26 north of Arras, where the trenches have been left in situ. Lesser sites, often more poignant, are dotted over the countryside around Albert and along the Circuit de Souvenir.
Pages in section ‘Flemish cities’: Lille, Villeneuve, Roubaix, Douai, Lewarde, Cambrai, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Arras and the Somme battlefields.
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