- FRANCE AND BLACK FOREST -

STARTING OFF

LINKS to pages in the Black Forest site and to the Colin Day Travelling Days series:

     1 : Journey to Kork
     2 : Reims
     3 : Metz
     4 : Kork
     5 : Triberg

     6 : Donaueschingen
     7 : Staufen
     8 : Titisee
     9 : Freiburg
    10 : Journey from Kork

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Approaching Calais on voyage from Dover (above).

Calais Pier (left).

Back on terra firma on our route to Reims (below).


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We travel through the French countryside and past towns and villages (left and below) .......

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The Canadian WW1 Memorial at Vimy Ridge (left)

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We pass St Quentin and its Basilica (right and below).

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The First World War hit St Quentin very hard. In September 1914, the city was over-run, and it endured a harsh occupation. From 1916 it lay at the heart of the war zone, because the Germans had integrated it into the Hindenburg Line.

After the evacuation of the population in March, the town was systematically looted and industrial equipment removed or destroyed.

The fighting destroyed it: eighty per cent of buildings (including the Basilica) were damaged. The gothic basilica was restored following the war.

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