Hostellerie Du Coq Hardi
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... then home and off to bed.
The next morning we got the car and drove to Verdun. It was quite cool in the morning, about 58 degrees. This is the coolest its been since we arrived. On the way to Verdun, it started raining. We got into town, found our hotel and unpacked. By then it was down to a slight drizzle, so we headed out to see some sights. A large part of World War 1 ...
... around for 3 and a half hours until a lady came down the hill who must own the place as she babbled in French and gave us a key. We hung out at the hotel, tried out the spa and caught up on some world news until time for dinner where we went across the road to the hotels restaurant. It was a really odd little set up. We had an ok dinner, we weren't really hungry because we'd been to a bakery earlier to pass some time. There's not much else to tell ...
... it wasn’t the end of the world.
The area that we stayed in was interesting as it was the
site of one of the biggest battles of the 1st World War. There are
lots of memorials and grave sites where the victims of this battle are buried.
One of the stats that I remembered was that during this battle some 600 million
shells were thrown at the allies by the German invaders. Crazy stuff.
Saturday 16 AugustThe campsite management at Camping La Paille Haute arrived at 09:30 with a Toyota
4x4, to pull us off our pitch. We now know we must never to enter a pitch nose first when
the ground is soft - but we were not the only ones to be rescued that morning!
... French and the same number of German troops were killed from Feb 1916 onwards. Later on we drove out to the various Memorials to those who died and saw the fields full of gravestones - beautifully set in manicured gardens and each white cross engraved with a red plant in front. It was quite overwhelming to see - esp when this was only 15,000 French graves. The huge 1932 monument was an interesting memorial ...