Somehow against all previous odds, we arrive early. The room is not yet ready so we wonder on this peaceful village, killing time. A contradiction, not the only one on our walk. In another timeline the serene pastures and nearby forest were the center-point of a bloody WWI battle (of Fromelles). Not as horrible as the battle of the Somme but enough to leave a commemorative cemetery of fallen soldiers (a few from as far as Australia). Cows ruminate in a nearby field, you barely see a soul, just picturesque brick farmhouses with tendered gardens.