Tag Archives : France

Reims and the Chemin des Dames


In my last post, you saw the cultural and natural surroundings of Reims. Today, I’ll show the city from a completely different point of view: that of World War I. According to Wikipedia, In France, the Chemin des Dames (literally, the “ladies’ path”) is part of the D18 and runs east and west in the département of Aisne, between in…

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Photo Essay – Exploring the Surroundings of Reims


Ingrid and I loved the beautiful city of Reims, but its surroundings shouldn’t be ignored either. Here is our selection. Phare de Verzenay A lighthouse in the middle of Champagne vineyards? You’ll find it in the pretty village of Verzenay. The lighthouse nowadays serves as a museum about … Champagne. Les Faux de Verzy The French word “fau” means dward…

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Photo Essay – The Gem of Reims


  Ingrid and I have been in this area before, so this time we visited places we somehow ignored the first time. Like the Notre-Dame cathedral of Reims. The cathedral is one of the most important Gothic buildings in Europe. The interior is overwhelming; the cathedral is 138 m long and 38 m high in the center. The rose windows –…

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Before We Leave…


Tomorrow Lars and I leave for another trip, so it’s about time I publish the last pictures of our last trip. In Turckheim we also visited the beautiful church of St. Anne: And I converted some pictures to b&w. You can see one of the gates of the remnants of the medieval wall surrounding the town. Afterwards, we actually went…

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Stuck in Turckheim


It was our idea to keep on traveling west, through Germany and then have a couple of stops in France. Because of the rain and flooding, we could only stop in Turckheim. Lars and I stayed in a cozy hotel near Turckheim and enjoyed the local gastronomy: What makes Turckheim so charming are the many Renaissance houses, its location near…

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The Four Sons Of Aymon


Yesterday, I mentioned that at the viewpoint of Bogny-sur-Meuse, there was a special monument. It is actually a statue that refers to the medieval tale called The Four Sons of Aymon. There are different versions, but the basic story is the same. The four sons are the knight Renaud de Montauban, his brothers Guichard, Allard and Richardet and they are…

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Looking For A Rock


The problem with the map that the tourist information office had kindly given us was that it was not detailed enough. Moreover some of the towns were a lot bigger than we had expected. And our dear GPS device couldn’t find any of the viewpoints on our map! Lars and I had to use our sense of orientation. Anyway, next…

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Haybes – La Platale


Our next destination on the Green Track was Haybes. Lars and I wanted to go for a walk in one of the surrounding forests, but unfortunately we saw hunters everywhere. We had to come up with something else. There was supposed to be a viewpoint called La Platale, but it took us some effort to find it, since there were…

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