Europe...west of the Alps travel blog

the Natural Forest and lake near St-Quentin were quiet and peaceful

the seasonal change was underway

19thC chateaux's were a little expensive

the entrance into the Fere-en-Tardenois.....

.....was spectacular

celebrations in Saint-Quentin relating to WWI .....

.....was lively and colourful

We took a slight detour through the Orient Natural Forest and lake area on the way to St-Quentin for something a little different and were well rewarded with its quiet beauty.

A little further along the way we visited the ruins of a 12C chateau at Fere-en-Tardenois which was spectacular. The entry bridge was amazing and very much like a Roman era structure.

Nestled next to the chateaux's moat was a 19C hotel which was gorgeous but very expensive.

While in the Somme area we visited the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery from WWI and WWII and were very impressed by the maintenance it receives courtesy of the US government.

We arrived in St.Quentin in time for town square celebrations in which people were dressed in period clothing from WWI. Live music and displays of medical carriages and other items relating to the war provided a great atmosphere.

The celebration related to a major battle in which Australian troops overcame German forces at Mont Saint-Quentin which allowed the town to be liberated.

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