Northern France : The First World War Remembrance Trails…..

Before we send more young people into war, we need to remember the reasons we don’t do it without great deliberation.



In the foosteps of Wilfred Owen….Discover the  biking and the hiking routes of sites and events of the Great War 1914-1918….

From the North Sea to the Chemin des Dames the Great War has left deep marks on the european continent and the Northern France .These regions are home to the many sites that bear the scars of two world wars. The places commemorate the sacrifice of those who took part and now, thanks to the regional Remembrance Trails, you can discover them at your leisure along local biking  and hiking routes…..

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Wilfred Owen

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The forester’s house – Nov. 2014.

This house was dedicated to the famous English poet, Wilfred Owen, who spent his last days here and also wrote his last letter in it. Owen died in Ors on 4 November 1918.

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 Ors- the Forester’ s house -1919

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The smoky cellar….

On the 31 Oct 1918 Wilfred wrote his…

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6 thoughts on “Northern France : The First World War Remembrance Trails…..

    • always is an interesting place to stop for a look at the beautiful French countryside, but this particular post was, as you note, Melanie, impressive and emotional. I felt it was worthy of a reblog, both to share with others who might miss it otherwise and so I had it to return to in future. I highly recommend that blog for their usual posts as well. It is easily one of the top five or so blogs I’ve followed regularly for content and interest.


  1. Yes, our world LEADERS (including the religious ones) need to consider your point. It will be the civilians that always suffer more… The historical comparison using photography was fascinating. Now with computers, there have been quite a bit more “comparos” especially for WWII – Europe.


    • Yes, very true. The thing I find most upsetting is how civilian loss is hidden as “collateral damage”. Anyone in a war zone is at risk, regardless of whether they have a weapon in their hand or not, whether they are newborn or 99. Bombing of cities…! Murder.

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    • I was overwhelmed by it, and thought it was better than anything I could put together. I agree, obviously, and note that this particular blog generally is a showcase for the fun things and places of France. I felt they handled a difficult topic beautifully.

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