Fran­cofile

Fol­low the length of the Western Front

France - - Western Front - TOURIST IN­FOR­MA­TION: www.visit-ypres.com; north­ern­france-tourism.com; week­end-pi­cardy. co.uk; cham­pagne-ar­denne-tourism.co.uk; tourism-lor­raine.com; tourisme-al­sace.com

GET­TING THERE

Ferry ser­vices op­er­ate from Dover to Dunkerque and Calais. Adam re­turned by train from Mul­house to Calais via Paris, courtesy of Voy­ages-sncf.com (tel: 0844 848 5848, voy­ages-sncf.com).

WHERE TO STAY Hô­tel du Golf de l’ailette

23 Rue du Chemin des Dames 02000 Chamouille Tel: (Fr) 3 23 24 84 85 ailette.fr Re­lax­ing lake­side base for the Chemin des Dames (apart from the 3.5km hill climb). Dou­bles from €99.

Hô­tel-restau­rant Le Tulip­ier

Rue Saint-jac­ques 51800 Vi­enne-le-château Tel: (Fr) 3 26 60 69 90 letulip­ier.com Lo­gis ho­tel pro­vid­ing a peace­ful stopover in the Ar­gonne for­est, be­tween Reims and Ver­dun; good food. Dou­bles from €99.

Hô­tel de Mon­taulbain

4 Rue de la Vieille Prison 55100 Ver­dun Tel: (Fr) 3 29 86 00 47 hotelde­mon­taulbain.fr Friendly and stylish B&B town ho­tel; good break­fast. Dou­bles from €89.

Hô­tel Roess

16 Route du Linge 68140 Hohrod­berg Tel: (Fr) 3 89 77 36 00 ho­tel-roess.fr Tra­di­tional fam­ily ho­tel in a beau­ti­ful mid-moun­tain lo­ca­tion be­tween Mun­ster and Le Linge. Rooms from €60.

WHERE TO EAT Bro­chettes & Cie

3 Place du 8 Oc­to­bre 02100 Saint-quentin Tel: (Fr) 3 23 04 14 26 bro­chette­set­cie.com/ saint-quentin Cheer­ful grill-chain restau­rant, open late; dis­counts for res­i­dents of the nearby Grand Hô­tel. Mains from €10.

Le Saint-julien

Rue Eugène Des­teuque 51100 Reims Tel: (Fr) 3 26 88 32 38 restau­rantle­sain­tjulien.fr En­joy cui­sine de ter­roir in a tra­di­tional am­bi­ence, five min­utes’ walk from the cathe­dral. Three-course menus from €16.50.

Le Pav­il­lon Bleu

2 Sous le Pont de Fresnes 54200 Vil­ley-saint-éti­enne Tel: (Fr) 3 83 62 96 85 lep­avil­lon­bleuvil­ley.com Lively water­side guinguette on the River Moselle near Toul, with B&B apart­ments next door. Snacks and meals from €8.20.

Hô­tel-restau­rant Wolf

68610 Mark­stein Tel: (Fr) 3 89 82 64 36 hotel­wolf.info Sim­ple bike-friendly pit­stop on the Route des Crêtes.

Le Panorama

3 Route du Linge 68140 Hohrod­berg Tel: (Fr) 3 89 77 36 53 Ho­tel-panora­maal­sace.com Just the place for a good lunch on a beau­ti­ful ter­race, be­fore the stiff climb to Le Linge. Menu du marché €17.

WHERE TO VISIT Cana­dian Na­tional Vimy Memo­rial

Route D55 62580 Givenchyen-go­helle Tel: (Fr) 3 21 50 68 68 vet­er­ans.gc.ca

Musée Thiep­val

8 Rue de l’an­cre 80300 Thiep­val Tel: (Fr) 3 22 74 60 47 his­to­rial.org

La Cav­erne du Dragon,

Musée du Chemin des Dames 02160 Oulches-laVal­lée-foulon Tel: (Fr) 3 23 25 14 18 www.cav­erne-du­dragon.com

Os­suaire de Douau­mont

55100 Douau­mont Tel: (Fr) 3 29 84 54 81 ver­dun-douau­mont.com

Hart­mannswillerkopf 1914-18

Maison du tourisme Rue Sch­lum­berger 68006 Col­mar Tel: (Fr) 3 89 20 10 68 memo­rial-hwk.eu

For­ti­fi­ca­tions at Hart­mannswillerkopf on the Vos­ges front in Al­sace

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