Europe - Fall 2017: The Life is Precious Tour travel blog

First Stop - My AirBnB in Arras France

Arras - WHS Belfry

The Arras Giants

The Arras Giants

Arras - Grand Place

The Front Lines - WW I

WW I Soldier

The Wellington Tunnels

A Poignant Letter

Bronze - The Wellington Tunnels

Terror Memorial

This is actually chocolate, not salami

Moule Frites - One of the great meals

Amiens - WHS Cathedral

Amiens Cathedral

Amiens Cathedral

Rose Window - Amiens Cathedral

Memorial to New Zealand Sappers

The 'Weeping Angel' of Amiens Came to be a Symbol of the...


Welcome -

Rather than read my reflections on France Nord Pas-de-Calais, your time would be better spent reading Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, her Pulitzer Prize winning account of the first month of WW I. I particularly enjoy her sarcasm. Evidently the politicians of that period were no less uninformed, reckless, and venal than our current president.

The results of their "leadership" were horrendous.

The Great War began August 3, 1914. By the end August the war was basically at a stalemate. The lines wavered back and forth, often by mere meters. The dying, however, continued for 4 long years. Over 1,000,000 soldiers died in just 5 months at the Somme.

Not that Arras and Amiens haven't been pleasant. But they were near the center of the trenches that stretched from Alsace to the Channel. So there are reminders everywhere.

Hey, travel isn't just about chocolates and cathedrals.

The Geezer

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