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... theatres which are used as classrooms for schools visiting the museum. The museum built on what we have been learning over the past few days and provided an excellent opportunity for Kate and Roy to actually read first hand accounts of the actions of the Resistance fighters such as smuggling allied soldiers over the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain, and has left us all wanting to learn more.
... 2 May 1944 for their role in the Resistance. There is a monument to the three beside the town church. We have also been telling them the story of Nancy Wake 'the white mouse' a young Australian woman (born in New Zealand) who was the most highly decorated female of WW 2 and a driving force in the Resistance. So much to our pleasure we discovered that there is a new museum dedicated to the Resistance in Montauban so after we left ...
... to their flight south but the French don't talk about him.
Oddly there is a Jewish connection to this story with the Jewish food laws forbidding the mixing of dairy and meat. This was easily overcome in the Mediterranean by using olive oil but as you went north, this was harder to produce so Schmaltz was used - Poultry fat which was made by force feeding geese. Soon they also found that eating the liver of these geese was also ...
... the 13th century. The covent is an impressive brick building built in gothic style and is split inside by two naves. The stain glass windows were also amazing however the highlight is a large circular mirror around a pillar which reflected the palm shaped ribbed vaults.
The weather today was fantastic, a clear blue sky and a temperature of 17 degrees, yes 17 and this is in the middle of winter. With such nice warm weather ...
... lots of units in serious need of repair, making the whole place have a very shabby appearance. Not quite what we are accustomed to, I can tell you. The final straw was the night. About 10 p.m. this music and shouting started (and we do not know from where) but it was quite scary. It went on until after 2 a.m. by which time we had decided just to move on. Next morning, we just up and went but would never go back there again. ...