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Butte de Vauquois: Where the Scars of War Remain So Visible

Butte de Vauquois: Where the Scars of War Remain So Visible

Well it's been awhile since we last visited the Western Front, with our stop in Reims, and today I would like to get back to sharing more as we started our third day of this trip. Up early as usual we set off under sunny skies to the Verdun area, the setting of...

Rambling ‘Round Reims

Rambling ‘Round Reims

Arriving in Reims about 4:15 in the afternoon we met up with our Airbnb host and then quickly high-tailed it into town because we had a UNESCO site to see before it closed- the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims! Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims Walking up to the cathedral...

Lochnagar Crater and Delville Wood

Lochnagar Crater and Delville Wood

Well it's been awhile since I have shared some sights from our Western Front trip but I was just so excited to tell you a little about Ireland that I couldn't resist. Today though, we're headed back to France to visit two more memorials for the Great War- Lochnagar...

Two Great War Memorials: Beaumont-Hamel and Thiepval

Two Great War Memorials: Beaumont-Hamel and Thiepval

Finishing up at the Wellington Quarry we realized we needed to get a wiggle on if we wanted to get back on track with our Western Front itinerary for the day or we wouldn't make it to the cathedral in Reims before it closed so we headed off to our next stop- Beaumont...

Zivy Crater and the Wellington Quarry

Zivy Crater and the Wellington Quarry

On the second morning of our Western Front trip we awoke about 8:00 to a sunnier day with plans to get on the road about 9:00. On our itinerary our first stop of the day was planned to be the Wellington Quarry but L had found a unique Commonwealth War Graves cemetery...

Up in the Belfry of Arras and Down into Les Boves

Up in the Belfry of Arras and Down into Les Boves

Our last planned stop on our Western Front itinerary for day one was a visit to the cathedral, belfry, and les boves (underground cellars) of Arras. Unfortunately the cathedral was closed due to some renovations so we didn't get to visit it but we still had a very...

Vimy Ridge Memorial and a Canadian War Cemetery

Vimy Ridge Memorial and a Canadian War Cemetery

After a little picnic lunch at Notre Dame de Lorette we made the short 15 minute drive on to our next stop on our Western Front itinerary- the Vimy Ridge Memorial.   On the first day of the Battle of Arras, April 9, 1917, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps...