Driving through the French countryside

Posted: October 16, 2014 in Travel
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One of the joys of my trip has been our daily drives through the countryside near (and a bit farther away) from my s-i-l’s house.  Here’s a sampling of photos from the trip we took the same day we saw the travail.  The roof of this church’s steeple show the classic colorful Burgundian tile.  Even the smallest villages often have a large church.  I imagine it was a place where people who were often far from neighbors could get together at least once a week.

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One of the things I like about France is that they remember history.  Everywhere you go, you see monuments to the soldiers killed in WWI and WWII.  Sometimes there are only one or two names, sometimes many; sometimes the surnames are, sadly, all from the same family.  These are men killed by Germans in WWI.

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Legend has it that this rock moves.  Fortunately, it didn’t do so while we were there.

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This cow didn’t seem too worried about moving rocks.

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You also see many old stone crosses, often with a small niche for a statue, such as seen in this photo.

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This monument remembers those killed in WWII.  There are often fresh flowers or decorations, even at the smallest monuments.  This should be done everywhere, lest we forget those who fought and died for our freedoms.

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And there are, of course, beautiful views everywhere we look.

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Comments
  1. New Zealand has a huge connection with France. Many of our young men lie in fields over there. Great photos. 😔

  2. suej says:

    Over the years, I have done much driving across the French countryside..and have some great memories of wonderful countryside, small villages, lots of history, etc etc. oh, and plenty of photographs!! Love the view in that last image – where?

  3. Beautiful countryside yet poignant with the memorials scattered about.. Are you living there now or visiting?

  4. I like it too that they remember history. I specially loved the fact, that french people “adopted” graves at the cemetery of Colville-sur-Mer what have no visitors or where no relatives exist who send flowers or a greeting.

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