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pauldid

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pauldid says:

France?

doing a long weekend with some mates going round some of the war memorials in france, apart from ypres and somme anyone else know interesting places to go, also need some biker friendly B & B's if anyone knows of any. Just an excuse for the wife to let me out and get drunk for a weekend to be honest........

 

Paul

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

Here..

looks nice doesn't it?...it's where my Great Uncle and 20,000 others disappeared without trace....He was 38 years old tho',which was probably twice as old as most of them that were there.:mellow:

Paschaendale.

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foxman

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foxman says:

There are plenty of WWII

all through Normandy and if you can make it as far as the Cherbourg peninsula, or even just beyond Le Havre, then you are in D-Day territory. Nearer is the memorial in Dieppe to the "test" for d-day.

I think Oradour-sur-Glane will be toofar as it is down near Limoges, but a scarier place you could not go to - it is where French villagers were slaughtered by Germans on there way to try and repel the Allies and they have left the village as the German soldiers left it - burnt out, pock marked by bullets and the feeling I got I have yet to find any words to describe :huh:

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pauldid

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pauldid says:

thanks

foxman, we do have time to get there, and i will now. Oldish thats one of the places we're going. Theres some trenches to walk through in the somme that we're going to, its something i have wanted to do and visit for a long time, your place is def. on the agenda. Next trip is to auswitch (sorry for spellng).

Very moving places these........

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MadKwakaMax

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MadKwakaMax says:

well

funny you should ask this ! pmsl just got back yesterday for La Belle France!

Try Oradour Sur Glaines ,( Limoges )for a moving place to visit ,was hard not to tear up a little ( will do French thread soon with more info )

We stayed at a friends house in the Haute Vienne ,which was a nice area with plenty to see and do and only 300 miles from the Caen ferry ( We passed some War Memorials on teh way down ) .So that area includes Limoges and Angleme ,but we stayed inbetween St.Junien and Rochechouart .TBH there's enough camping and b & b to suit every pocket and whim .And the French don't seem to mind us bikers !

Maxie x

 

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used2bfast

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used2bfast says:

Follow the old

front line from Ypres (wipers!)

Down to Arras. See some war memorials en route.

Found the names of Gills great grandad and his brother in the list of "no known grave"

Good scenery and good roads (the roads in Belgium are shite!)

Then head for Rouen, bit of lunch and off to the Normandy coast, for a WW11 fix.

Have good time 

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Dazthenewbie

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Dazthenewbie says:

Got to go Oradour mate

What a lovely place it was back in its day, really interesting but sad too, if you visit one place get there.

 

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pauldid

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pauldid says:

thanks all

of you, i,m planning  to visit all the places you have recommended, or as many as i can fit in!

 

Paul

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ducatiboy1967

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muddybus

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muddybus says:

Auschwitz

Went to Auschwitz this summer by car (actually did 10 countries in 14 days, 2880 miles). Its 18hrs from Corby to Krakow, but its a very boring journey, and not one i'd want to do on a bike. The first piece of motorway we came to in Poland(Berlin to Krakow) had a 30mph limit for no other reason than the poor state of the road surface. Southern Poland is beautiful, the people are very friendly, but next time i'd probably go Germany/Austria/Slovakia to get there.

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ducatiboy1967

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Or pm me an email

As I have a number of routes which visit many of the WW1 sites of varying duration.  DB

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