Day 5 – Verdun

Long driving day today. We stopped at Verdun, the site of the 10 month long WW1 battle between the Germans and the French in 1916. 40 million shells were fired and there were over 700,000 casualties. We went to see the Douaumont ossuary. Soldiers weren’t typically tagged at the time and the ossuary houses the bones of around 130,000 soldiers. More bones are added each year as farmers plough their fields and find the remains from almost 100 years ago.

We are now at Rust near the Black Forest in Germany. Tomorrow, we are visiting Europa Park. This is apparently the best amusement park in Europe. We can see and hear the screams from the roller coasters from our hotel room.

PS we’ve now driven for 650 miles. Lorna and I listened to Danny Baker podcasts while the kids watched DVDs. Nancy sick once!


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