Not quite sure why a city would choose rats as its icon, but Arras has them everywhere.
The sun came out and we spent a glorious day wandering the streets of Arras, having a long lunch in a café on the Town Square, absorbing the fabulous culture/ architecture/ atmosphere and generally just chilling out.
We then went down the Wellington Quarry tunnels. What a magnificent tour - one for the Must-Do list.
The Wellington tunnels were dug out by New Zealanders in WWI in the lead up to the Battle of Arras in April 1917. The run for 20kms and were outfitted with running water, electric lights, kitchens, latrines, a light rail system and a fully equipped hospital.
24,000 troops hid in the tunnels for 8 days waiting to surprise the Germans.
At first the raid was a success but like most of the battles in WWI it got bogged down and soon casualties were 4000 a day.