Tuesday, June 12, 2018

COMPIEGNE - ARMISTICE MEMORIAL WW I

PART 1


Each year our city organizes a trip for their seniors. This year they had chosen to visit Compiegne

We left Waterloo at 7 am and made a breakfast stop half way.



We were offered a cup of coffee and a croissant.




Then we continued  and stopped for lunch in a charming little village, Pierrefonds, which is overlooked by the imposing Medieval Castle of the Sleeping Beauty.

The restaurant is located in a park of 5.5 hectares of greenery and forest, bordered by the thermal water lake.



The lunch was delicious. The starter was a paté de hare, the main course a leg of a guinea fowl and Sauerkraut. The dessert was a Norwegian omlette.



the entrance



and the surroundings.

After this delicious lunch, the bus took us  to the Clairiere de l'Armistice a war memorial commemorating  the armistice with the signature of the Germans that ended World War I in 1918. During World War II, Adolf Hitler deliberately chose the same location to sign the Second Armistice at Compiègne after Germany won the Battle of France.

You can visit four main attractions: the Glade of the Armistice with a statue of Ferdinand Foch, the Alsace-Lorraine Memorial, the Clearing of the Armistice, also called Rethondes Clearing, and a replica of a train car. 


This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, which finally came with the signing of the Armistice in a railway carriage in the middle of a wood 80 kilometres north east of Paris on 11th November 1918.

After three months of closure the museum on this highly significant historic site, containing a replica of the original railway carriage and many artifacts, documentation and photographs explaining the events, it was reopened with a new 500m² extension to its original 1927 building.

Unfortunately we couldn't visit the museum we had not enough time. But the site itself was very interesting.



I didn't take my helicopter to take this photo, but found it somewhere on internet. At least it gives you an idea of the whole site.










Memorials







The site and the rails






The museum from far





The museum which contains the replica of the wagon in which the armistice was signed, the original had been destroyed in Berlin in 1945 on the orders of Hitler.



The replica



The entrance



and just besides stood the



Renault FT 17 WW1 tank “General Estienne”






A view on the General Foch monument.





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9 comments:

Lea said...

In a hurry this morning, but I had to take time to admire your photos!
I will be back later to read the history of the place
Hope you are having a wonderful day!

William Kendall said...

Wow! I would enjoy visiting that place. Excellent photos!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful journey for you and great photos for us! Fascinating place ~ love it!

Happy Week to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Loree said...

It looks like it was a very interesting and educational trip. I do like that 'Sleeping Beauty' castle. It really looks like a fairy-tale.

Nora said...

I really loved this posting. It is like reading a little travel book for me. I like that castle. I feel like I could read it again as I really enjoyed it so I am going back for a second look.

magiceye said...

Great way to learn history. Lovely photos and narration.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Thanks for sharing a bit of history.
Love the tour.
Coffee is on

Linens and Royals said...

What a wonderful Senior's trip. From the food, the Sleeping Beauty Castle and a visit to a very historic place.

Lady Fi said...

That castle is beautiful!

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