Battlefields and War Memorials

Visiting the Battlefields of the Somme France

Written by on November 21, 2016 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Visiting the Battlefields of the Somme France

A flock of red-legged partridge has just crash-landed in a flurry of feathers into long grass at the edge of a field, and overhead the cause of the consternation, a buzzard doing a passable impersonation of a kestrel, hovering on the wind, ready to drop in on lunch. The landscape east of Amiens is mainly […]

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Aire-sur-la-Lys Relaxing French Holiday Destination

Aire-sur-la-Lys Relaxing French Holiday Destination

Glass of bubbly in hand, I find myself relaxing by the waterside, soaking up the sun next to the hubby, while our two children play happily together in a field full of daisies. I know what you’re thinking – I must be recounting a dream. Well, you’d be wrong. This was a real, idyllic and picturesque […]

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Mademoiselle From Armentieres Café Opens in Armentieres

Mademoiselle From Armentieres Café Opens in Armentieres

History buffs will adore this little café dedicated to the “Mademoiselle From Armentières” song in the town of Armentieres, Nord in northern France. Open the door of this art deco house and you’ll be welcomed by the tunes of “it’s a long way to Tipperary” and the like. It’s a fitting reminder of the part […]

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La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer

La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer

There are three key sites dedicated to what are called Vengeance weapons (V1, V2 and V3) in and around Saint Omer in northern France: the Blockhaus d’Eperlecques, the fortress of Mimoyecques and the enormous round bunker known as La Coupole about 10km south of the town of Saint Omer. La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer La […]

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Blockhaus Eperlecques Saint Omer

Written by on June 3, 2015 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Blockhaus Eperlecques Saint Omer

Saint Omer is a quintessential northern French rural town.  With its broad market square presided over by the charming Hotel de Ville and a clutter of the street life going on alongside its vibrant cafe culture.  It’s a great location for touring the memorial sites of World War II and there are several key places […]

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Mimoyecques Museum northern France

Written by on June 3, 2015 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Mimoyecques Museum northern France

In the peaceful French countryside of northern France, there are many reminders of the region’s history, particularly during the two World Wars of the 20th Century. About 30km from the charming town of Saint Omer is the Fortress at Mimoyecques, a Germany V3 site. Mimoyecques Museum A few kilometres from the cliff tops of Cap […]

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Agincourt 2015

Agincourt 2015

The Centre Historique Medieval at Agincourt has a packed programme of fun events for 2015, the 600th anniversary of the famous and bloody battle of Agincourt. From playmobil battle scenes to concerts and military shows featuring parachute jumps, a visit to Agincourt this year is sure to bring surprises and fun. Agincourt Programme of events […]

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Notre Dame de Lorette memorial

Written by on December 2, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, My French Life
Notre Dame de Lorette memorial

Arras is a beautiful old town with Flemish style buildings, imposing squares, great shops, quirky cafes and there is lots to do and see. Many of the beautiful buildings are surprisingly not quite what they seem. The town and all around saw fierce fighting, dreadful battles and suffered horrendous loss of life and destruction during the […]

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Oradour-sur-Glane France, Lest we forget

Written by on October 30, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, Limousin
Oradour-sur-Glane France, Lest we forget

I visited Oradour-sur-Glane in the Limousin region many years ago. The town is known as the village of the martyrs, a sad memorial to it’s tragic past and the atrocity that took place there on 10 June 1944… I had been camping along the Atlantic Coast on my way to a rugby match at Nontron. […]

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Things to see in Mons Belgium

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Things to see in Mons Belgium

Mons in Belgium is known for its ‘First and the Last‘ reputation attained during World War One. It is the town on the Frontline where the first and last major engagements of World War One took place, where the first and last English soldiers were killed in Europe, their remains buried next to each other […]

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