Published: November 15th 2010December 28th 2009
The part of the fort
that was above the ground
The girls were studying WW1 in school and Kee was really fascinated that she was going to see the trenches and forts that were used in the war. Excitement was replaced by sadness as we relived the horrors of the war. The fortifications were impressive, but we could only see the parts of them that were above the ground - and for me that was not enough. I wanted to go inside, but Ben said it was not allowed and besides now with the snow it was just too dangerous:(
I was really disappointed! But Ben said there was a fort that was turned into a musuem and he would take us there so we could get an impression of what it was like inside the fort - but no such luck - the fort/museum was closed due to the bad weather. More disappointment. I really wanted to go inside the fort and now there was no way cos the weather did not seem likely to clear up by tomorrow!!! The graves of the soldiers that died in WW1 brought tears to all our eyes and then to see the bones was even more heart wrenching.
Our last stop before heading
Remants of trenches that
the soldiers lived/fought/died in
back, was a quaint little church in which I found a peace that I had not found in any of the other churches and cathedrals I had visited thus far in Europe.
Tomorrow we leave for Luxembourgh. The girls were not happy. They wanted to stay longer with the Agostinis but I, as usual, wanted to stick to the itinerary and move on - but of course Ben had other plans and wanted us to stay an extra day. He said there was no way we were coming all the way to Verdun and not being able to see what a fort looked like. He even phoned our hosts in Luxembourgh to tell them we were going to be arriving one day later than planned. He said he had a surprise for me. Good Gosh Ben I can't wait...
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