Tag: Beaumont-Hamel

WWI: A Wrap-Up

Posted November 19th, 2011
WWI: A Wrap-Up

What a wonderful time we had in France. Here is what we learned: Northeastern France is a really muddy place. Having GPS makes a world of difference. Whoever rides shotgun gets to look out the window and enjoy the ride instead of staring at a map and turns are announced to the driver decently in…

WWI: O Canada

Posted November 6th, 2011
WWI: O Canada

In 1917, Canadian troops, with extraordinary valor and grotesque losses, took ground held by Germans since 1914. Vimy is now an enormous park; the terrain, grassy and green, retains the topography created by shellfire and the craters left my mines exploded in tunnels under German trenches. Visitors are kept to walkways by electric fences and scarlet…

WWI: The Roads Less Traveled By

Posted November 2nd, 2011
WWI: The Roads Less Traveled By

Serena our GPS seems to have an affection for countryside and tiny rural lanes. When departing Nancy, for instance, we found ourselves turning abruptly off what seemed like a sensible main road, twisting through a tiny village and up a steep track through a forest of golden light and falling leaves. We emerged at the…