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... It makes heart breaking reading 300,000 lost their lives, 450,000 injured and 60 million shells fired and all for it to happen again just over 20 years later. It's hard to take in the awfulness and hardship. There are monuments, gun emplacements and you can clearly see the trenches from the road and even evidence of where the hospital was. Phil's grandfather was at the battle in 1916 and his Uncle has his second name after the battle and delighted to say Verd is still ...
... the French are still very proud of their forts and given the fact that France has a lot of kilometers of borders to secure from other countries, it's understandable that not even a series of miles of dozens of underground ammunitions storage areas and lookouts could keep everybody out all the time. It's really interesting to see how much recent wars have impacted the culture and landscape here, and even more so to see how France and Germany can live in peace ...
... 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.
... has 150 km of cellars underground of which Moët Chandon, the largest Champagne house, has 28 km. All the cellars in Epernay were used by civilians and soldiers during both WW1 and WW2 and I was amazed to learn that Moët Chandon still produced a vintage in 1943. It was sobering also to see carvings in the chalk walls made by those civilians living in these cellars during the wars - some of which were artistic and others just a name or a date,
The area around the aire is quite pretty, but, the rest of the town has seen better days.
Normally, we see few if any Brits, but, ...
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