Will be in France in June/July 2013. How much time do I need to spend to tour the WW1 battlefields adequately, that is, to get a feel for wh
I am a teacher of history and while I am in France I want to see the battlefields of WW1, especially where Australians fought and died. The D-Day landing area in Normandy is also on the agenda. How much time should I allocate? Hotel suggestions?
I spent 3 days travelling around the battlefields of The Somme a few years back.... a day or two more would have been ideal. Start at the Historial de la Grande Guerre (Great war museum) in Peronne. It's a great museum, plays tribute to the Australian role and will give you a good idea of places you want to see. The Commonwealth war cemetery at V-B is stunning, but don't forget to stop at all the little cemeteries dotted around the region. Some are the size of a tennis court. They're always immaculately kept. At the front gate there'll be a box, inside are two books, one is a list of the names of the men who are buried there (if their name is known) the other book is a visitor's book, the comments inside are very emotional.
Just one safety tip... sadly, a hire car is pretty easy to spot (oures had Paris rego' plates), so don't leave valuables in them when you wander off. It doesn't happen much, but sometimes the cars are broken into. almost 5 years ago