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Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun December 22nd 2019

If there is ever a place you should visit if you are interested in World War I then Douaumont is that place . We planned to visit the ossuary first and then head into Verdun, find the aire , stop for the night and visit the casemates tomorrow . We had been to Verdun before but never managed to visit everything so we had a plan . The best laid plans of course go wrong. First thoughts about this holiday . It feels different . We are not racing to get from A to B. We can amble along and not use motorways . We are seeing more of rural France in a more leisurely way. The ever changing speed limits are a nightmare . One minute we are free to travel at 80km an hour ... read more
Looking down one side
the bell which is rung twice daily
Just a small proportion of the graves to be seen from the top of the tower.

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun October 19th 2017

After an easy day on Wednesday, Thursday proved to be the biggest day yet. Mostly because the drive to Verdun was about 3 hours. I had originally planned to stay a couple of nights in Verdun before heading to Strasbourg, but instead decided to spend the extra couple of nights in one place and just drive to Verdun for the day. That may have been a tad ambitious, but it worked out in the end. Breakfast isn’t served at the hotel until 7:30, so it wasn’t until 8:30 that I was on the road. I hit the morning peak hour heading into Strasboug, so the first part of the journey was a bit slow. After Strasbourg though, it was smooth sailing along the motorway to Verdun. Other than the relentless roadworks and substantial tolls, that is. ... read more
Ossuairre de Douaumont
The remains of a house
An artillery piece

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun April 23rd 2017

We slept well in our little corner of France. Woke up early to the sound of rain pattering on the windows and birdsong outside of Suzy. It is Day 2 of the holiday and we are heading for St Menoud or to be more precise a tiny hamlet called Les Islettes just outside of St Menhoud. We started off by going the wrong way. The new Sally Sat Nag told us where to go but she was very imprecise and we found ourselves driving 15 minutes in the wrong direction. It seemed a little as if yesterday was being repeated today. However the words from my thoughts for the day told me that failure is just a step to success. So that is how we looked at it - just a small failure . Soon we ... read more

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun May 29th 2016

Nous quittons Troyes et son orage… Heureusement nous avions pu choisir une parcelle assez bien stabilisée… Il est tombé beaucoup d’eau… on aurait pu soit rester dans l’herbe, soit abîmer le gazon… Mais tout va bien et le soleil pointe son nez… Le terrain a déjà bien bu son eau et la route se prépare allègrement ! Vous aurez peut-être trouvé plusieurs églises dans les blogs de ce voyage… La France a bien sa Tour Eiffel, ses ponts gigantesques, ses grandes montagnes, sa gastronomie, ses musées, ses beaux paysages… mais il est évident que dans presque chaque village, si petit soit-il on y trouve une église… Elles sont parfois en ruines comme celle de Piney devant laquelle nous passerons et nous attarderons quelques minutes. Puis vient Avrolles et son église avec son clocher séparé. Mais quelques ... read more
01 quand la fleur se fait belle
02 Eglise en ruine de Piney
03 - 2

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun July 12th 2015

Sunday 12 July 2015 Our visit to Metz did not disappoint us. After a full day of sightseeing it was time to move on. Our plan for today was to visit Verdun on our way to Reims. The day started cooler than we have felt for a while but there is no hint of rain. A few days ago rain had been forecast but there is no sign of rain as we start off on today's journey. Heading northwest we pass through wide open fields of grain which are now starting to be harvested. It certainly looks to be a good year. Not long after we left Metz we came across a roadside memorial. We made a quick detour and discovered a German memorial to soldiers killed in the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War. Beside the memorial are ... read more
Metz to Verdun
Verdun
Verdun

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun September 3rd 2014

.Not quite as sunny as forecast when we woke but good enough for a scooter day out. As it happened by midday the sun came out properly and we had a rather lovely blue sky day. First stop on our scooter tour of Verdun and its WWl historical sites was the Underground Citadel. Built in the 1600s to defend the city which has long been in the disputed area between France and Germany it now houses a rather brilliant display of its usage during the war. We did the tour on an automated ‘truck’ which took us along dark tunnels in which filmshows suddenly appeared on walls which then parted to let us pass through. At one point we almost appeared to be on a plane looking down and then the, fortunately short, trip through the ... read more
Getting slightly wet in Verdun
Verdun centre and the only remaining city gate
Verdun WWl memorial

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun September 2nd 2014

Had a lovely drive today. Such a pleasure to take to the open roads of France which have so much space we can actually enjoy driving, well Bob drives, I enjoy it. Woke to a slightly damp day, a teeny bit autumnal and misty, very pretty especially on such a nice campsite. We set off in good time as quite a few miles to cover and we were not touching motorways today, Bob had found what looked to be good route cross country. It was. We drove through several small towns, always more interesting than bypasses. We also drove past miles and miles (and miles) of agricultural land, fields, mainly already harvested and enormous and not separated by hedges as are many of our English fields. We must have seen a hundred tractors working away, ploughing, ... read more
Early morning mist over Picardy
Now which windmill looks best ?
Pretty towns and villages of Picardy and the Ardennes

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun July 12th 2014

Geo: 49.1525, 5.36557On Thursday we left Austria and Camping Grubhof, one of the most relaxing and spacious sites we have ever stayed on, but in high season this comes at a price. But hey, we're on holiday!We were soon over the border into Germany and on to the A8 motorway. I had read about horrendous delays on the stretch between Ulm and Stuttgart due to upgrading, but apart from a short standstill for a minor accident, we kept moving - with limitations, that is. When towing in Germany you are restricted to 50 mph and between certain times and carriageways there is no overtaking, so that adds to the journey, but on the positive it is toll-free motoring for the time being.However, we arrived at our overnight stop, Camping Waldpark at Hohenstadt in rain and with ... read more
American Monument, Montfaucon
Chapel, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
Some of the 14,246 headstones

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun September 12th 2013

Motorhome News from Switzerland. Part II 12th September 2013 From Grimentz in Switzerland, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - to Verdun in France, in search of memories of those who gave their lives that we should find peace. Here we are again. Turning up like a bad penny just when you thought you'd heard the last of us. We want you to join us this time as we take to the Swiss mountains, so get your boots on and bring a hat and a pair of gloves, it might get cold. We're off for a gentle hike or two with a bit of added grey haired nomad excitement thrown in for good measure, and then we'll be making a dash for the lowlands to the north to escape the cloud and rain. ... read more
Val d'Aniviers
Above Zinal
Grimsel Pass

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun August 21st 2013

We were well rested from our day of rest,relaxation and administration yesterday and ready for a day trip that would take us west to the World War 1 battlefields around Verdun and the Muese Valley. The day has dawned clear although the overnight temperature must have fallen close to, if not into single figures, as the air felt decidedly cool as we started out after a leisurely breakfast.It is a pity that we are located on the first floor and don't really see any direct sunlight and it will probably mean we won't get to use the balcony often. We had run the level of diesel down in the car and needed to top up before we got onto the open road and after a waltz around Amneville we finally found a gas station and filled ... read more
German WW1 cemetery at Hautecourt
French cemetery at Douaumont near Verdun
The French memorial at Douaumont




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