Fran­cofile

Visit the most poignant lo­ca­tions in which to re­mem­ber the fallen

France - - Remembrance -

GET­TING THERE

Adam trav­elled with Euro­tun­nel Le Shut­tle to Calais (euro­tun­nel.com). Ser­vices be­tween Folke­stone and Calais ev­ery 30 min­utes, tak­ing 35 min­utes. From £60 re­turn for a car and pas­sen­gers.

WHERE TO STAY Ibis Saint Omer Cen­tre

2 Rue Henri Dupuis, 62500 Saint-omer. Tel: (Fr) 3 21 93 11 11 ac­corho­tels.com Dou­bles from €75 in­clud­ing break­fast, park­ing €5 a day

Hô­tel de l’univers

3-5 Place de la Croix Rouge, 62000 Ar­ras. Tel: (Fr) 9 70 38 55 01 univers.na­jeti.fr Dou­bles €100, break­fast €16, park­ing €10 per day

Le Tulip­ier

Rue Saint Jac­ques 51800 Vi­enne le Chateau. Tel: (Fr) 3 26 60 69 90 letulip­ier.com Dou­bles €100, break­fast €11

Hô­tel de Mon­taulbain

4 Rue de la Vieille Prison, 55100 Ver­dun. Tel: (Fr) 6 13 56 47 08. hotelde­mon­taulbain.fr Dou­bles from €100, break­fast €11

WHERE TO EAT Es­taminet de Lorette

62153 Ablain St Nazaire. Tel: (Fr) 3 21 45 29 07.

L’his­toire de…

1 Rue Henri Dupuis, 62500 St Omer. Tel: (Fr) 3 21 98 14 38.

WHERE TO VISIT Musée de l’ar­mistice,

Route de Sois­sons 60200 Com­piègne. Tel: (Fr) 3 44 85 14 18 musee-ar­mistice-14-18.fr Open 10am – 6pm. €5

Vimy Ridge

62580 Vimy, Pas-de-calais. Tel: (Fr) 3 22 76 70 86 Vis­i­tor Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre with guided tours on re­quest of re­stored trenches. Open 9am – 5pm. Free.

Notre Dame de Lorette

2 Place de Notre Dame de Lorette, 62153 Ablain-saint-nazaire. Tel: (Fr) 3 21 29 30 62. Closed on Mon­days and dur­ing the lunch hour.

Thiep­val monument, vis­i­tor cen­tre and mu­seum

8 Rue de l’an­cre, 80300, Thiep­val. Tel: (Fr) 3 22 74 60 47. Open 9.30am – 5pm. Mu­seum €6, (€10 for com­bined ticket with Péronne Me­mo­rial)

Péronne His­to­rial (Mu­seum of the Great War)

Place An­dré Audinot, 80200 Péronne. Tel: (Fr) 3 22 83 14 18. Open 9.30am – 5pm. En­try €9 (€10 joint ticket with Thiep­val)

Mai­son Forestière Wil­fred Owen

59360 Ors. Tel: (Fr) 3 27 84 54 83. Open April - Novem­ber, tourisme-lecateau.fr/1-com­mem­o­ra­tionsnovem­bre.html

Com­mon­wealth War Graves Be­hind the Scenes Ex­pe­ri­ence

5-7 Rue An­gele Richard, 62217 Beau­rains, (near Ar­ras), from spring 2019. Tel: (UK) 01628 634221. cwgc.org

Ver­dun Me­mo­rial Mu­seum

1 Av­enue du Corps Européen, 55100 Fleury-de­vant-douau­mont. Tel: (Fr) 3 29 88 19 16. me­mo­rial-ver­dun.fr Open: 9.30am-5pm. Tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion ( New Face of War) un­til De­cem­ber 21.

Citadelle Souter­raine

Av­enue du Sol­dat In­connu, 55100, Ver­dun. Tel: (Fr) 3 29 84 84 42. citadelle-souter­rain­ever­dun.fr Open 9.30am-5.30pm Reser­va­tion ad­vis­able.

La Coupole

Rue An­dré Clabaux, 62570 Wiz­ernes. Tel: (Fr) 3 21 12 27 27. la­coupole-france.co.uk Open 9am-6pm. En­try €10.

WHAT TO READ

The Po­ems of Wil­fred Owen, Robert Graves Good­bye To All That,

Siegfried Sas­soon Mem­o­ries of an In­fantry Of­fi­cer, Erich Maria Re­mar­que All Quiet on the Western Front, Pat Barker, Re­gen­er­a­tion Tril­ogy, Se­bas­tian Faulks, Bird­song, John Kee­gan, The First World War

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