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Sep 23, 2018 - World War I Battlefields and Graveyards

I have not written about many parts of this tour, partly because my sore throat developed into a full blown cold that has me wanting to go to sleep as soon as I get to my room. But mostly because we have been visiting sites of such sadness, destruction, and slaughter. We have been to almost all of the American cemetaries from World War I in France. They are massive—-just acres and acres of white crosses, all marked with both American and French flags this week for the 100th anniversary events. Each cemetary has a more massive chapel,...

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Sep 22, 2018 - Verdun

Today, we stopped by General Pershing's headquarters in Souilly. They kept his office just the way he left it, they say. He is revered in France and almost every city in the northern part of the country has an Avenue de General Pershing. After that, we went to a little church in nearby Marbotte where dead French soldiers from the battle in the town were brought. There is an iconic drawing of it that was published in newspapers worldwide. Today, you can see the images of the dead and wounded soldiers in the restored church's altar and...

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May 23, 2018 - Day 3 - Verdun

The previous night was not without undisturbed sleep however we felt fine to rise at 0630 hrs and to get on with the day. We departed the Ibis Hotel, which we thought as very average at 0815 hrs for Kaye to walk Epernay central. Our first stop was an appealing Patisserie/Chocliatter where we had our regular arrangement of three pastries and a coffee; all very delightful. As we walked the town, I assumed the role of tour guide having walked the area last evening. We concluded with a walk through of the local market which was operating, but...

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Jun 22, 2011 - We made it to Paris!

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Well, we made it to Paris! Evryone is currently safe in their Hotel Campanile rooms. Many are even headed off to sweet dreamland. :-) Today was a very interesting day. Chris stated that he learned more today than he did all year in history. It is amazing how being able to see it brings it all home. We began by saying goodbye to the host families. They were great! Jessica and Alex cried. Then we headed off to Verdun. Verdun is the sight of the Battle of Verdun from WW1. It lasted over 300 days and cost almost...

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Jul 10, 2009 - The Lorraine Valley - Verdun, St. Die

Breakfast was included with our hotel so we headed down stairs for our first restaurant breakfast. Which turned out to be the same breakfast we have been having anyhow (croissants, jam, cereal and yogurt). After breakfast we zipped up the block to the cathedral and walked through a beautiful square. The church was in the midst of being restored. We found out once in the church that it had been heavily bombed and that with age, built in the thirteenth century, was the culprit. Oddly enough the early restoration done in the 30's after the war...

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Margerm Europe 2009

Aug 1, 2008 - France (Camping Les Breuils - Verdun)

It had rained very hard overnight, and the massive thunderstorm that accompanied it had shut down some of the power to the camp. As a result at about 3am this morning we were awoken by the fridge alarm beeping telling us that it was not working. Not sure why (at that stage) we reset it a couple of times to 240 volts, However it still complained, beep – beep – beep and we finally reset it to run off the vehicle battery (12 volt) power with the promise to work it out in the morning then headed back to bed. Rowena quickly got back off to...

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Jul 31, 2008 - France (Camping Paris Est – Paris to camping Les Breuils - Verdun)

Thanks to the rowdy group previously mentioned we got very little sleep overnight. The group had headed towards the bar (along with a large number of young people about to start a Contiki Tour) and the party went on for quite a while. I got up in the night when I heard groups walking about the campsite and around the parked rigs. A group sounded as if they were outside and at least one group thought it was funny to bang on caravans/camping cars and run away. There is a complaint due to the management and I deliver it in no uncertain terms...

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Blue and JGs OE



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