Its actually a lovely place and you can see from the film very peaceful. For us here its about an hour from London to the ferry then a couple of hours the other side.
Its very hard to get much of a feel of what went on there except for the names and the debris of war still littering the ground. Bizzare is not too strong a word. Unreal is certainly another. Its a place I have visited many times with my father. Since he died I have not been back but hopefully my sons will one day want to go.
I have known, and indeed still know, people who go back time after time, It certainly draws you.
I have visited Battle fields all over the world, from Crete to North Africa, Gettysberg and the little Big Horn, Normandy and The Ardennes, Dunkirk Verdun and the Ardonne etc In Britain everywhere from 1066 to Colluden in Scotland. But nowhere gets to you like this place does. Walking the fields, stepping over shells and rusty bits of metal, even bones on occasions, its a time capsule frozen in time. The French returned after the war and have just left it the way it was. they plow the fields but if its not in their way they just leave it lying there. Saying that Hill 60 was in Belgium and the ground was more grazing than arable and a lot of it has been reinstated but you still have Sactuary Wood and the preserved trenches and the museum.
At Beumont Hamel and the Newfoundland Memorial you can still see the ground pockmarked from the shelling. Even today.