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Making Champagne

While in the the Champagne region we took a tour of…a champagne house!  Moët & Chandon to be precise in Épernay. They store and and craft their various types of champagnes in 28 kilometers of man made caves. This portion of the cave is a shipping origin point is normally …

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Fermette

In the champagne region of the Marne River valley of France, we stayed in a country “fermette”.  A really nice cottage in the countryside. Jen and I would have really liked to stay much longer than the time allotted.      

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What Do Pennsylvania and Germany Have in Common?

Neither Germany nor Pennsylvania really cares about their war dead. I suppose I could have named this post “Pennsylvania Government to World War I Veterans and War Dead: Screw You on Memorial Day” I have stated my cynicism about governments ability to even do the most basic things right, and …

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3rd Infantry at the Meuse Argonne

The 3rd Infantry Division (3rd ID) had held at the 2nd Battle of the Marne and blunted the German offensive.   A blunted German Army was not a defeated Army.   The German High Command could see the impact the Americans were having as the Allies went on the offensive and feared …

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World War I German Cemetery

While we began to explore the 3rd Infantry Division’s battlefield at the Meuse Argonne, to the east of the Madeline Farm, we discovered a German cemetery from World War I. According to the markers below, 979 soldiers are buried here.  The graves are two persons per marker:   Notice the …

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A Rare Battlefield Marker

If one goes anywhere on the east-coast where any kind of battle of any note has taken place, there is usually some kind of roadside marker.  In France, there are almost none.  This exception looks like a marker created by someone affiliated with the 5th Infantry Division. Jen and I …

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The American Cemetery at Meuse-Argonne

When Jen and I rolled into the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, I expected that we would be staying for  just a few a minutes and then move on. The few minutes turned into 90 minutes.  This is not a political blog but people who know me know I have low confidence in …

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Le Meaux

While we were at Vincent’s place, Jen was drinking coffee on the back patio.  She heard “meaux, meaux”. So she put her coffee down on the table and beckoned “le chat”.  Instead of coming to her, the cat jumped on the table and spilled the coffee! Eventually, they got to …

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Chez Fouchs

After Bastogne, we traveled to Vincent’s house in Meuse-Ardenne in France, just a few miles from from the American cemetery.  When driving in, on can tell immediately that it built upon the the ruins of something much older.  According to a Google translation of this web page, here is a …

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Bastogne

Jen and I spent a day in Bastogne proper.  We visited the Bastogne War Museum.  It was very well done, and while the focus was Battle of the Bulge, it does so by covering the whole war and the chain of events that led to the siege at Bastogne.  They …

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