Europe...west of the Alps travel blog








A stop at Oradour-sur-Glane provided us with a stark reminder of the horrors of war.

The largest massacre on French soil occurred there in June 1944 when Nazi SS troops shot and burned 642 men, women and children in revenge for the killing of a German officer.

The whole village was then torched with the remains now a memorial and testament to the atrocities committed during WWII.

Walking through the ghost town with scorched sewing machines, pots, pans, bikes and cars scattered amongst the ruins of homes, shops, garages and cafes definitely got our attention.

The government ordered the ruins to be untouched and a new village built nearby.

Souviens …. remember.

The message at the entrance said it all.

Our overnighter in a rural B&B was brilliant. Quiet, peaceful and comfy. Perfect. Just what we needed.

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