Even today French locals , other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France. Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on a multi-year research or preservation project. In this irregular interview series, the webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.
1) What are your name, nationality and occupation?
Jan & Lenie Mulder, Dutch (couple), Bed and Breakfast Owner ARARA (Montfaucon d’ Argonne).
2) Which languages do you speak, and how fluently do you speak them?
Dutch, English, German (little French).
3) When was your first visit to the Meuse-Argonne?
Jan since 1985 / Lenie since 1999.
4) When did you really find yourself drawn to the Meuse-Argonne?
5) What is your primary interest in the region?
WW1 / History / Nature / calmness.
6) Approximately how many times and/or how often do you visit the Meuse-Argonne?
Formerly five times a year, now we live here permanently.
7) What do you do when you visit?
Enjoy the tranquility, WW1 battlefields…. the French life.
8) What research or preservation projects are you working on currently?
Webmaster’s note: Jan and Lenie run a Chambres d’Hôtes (B&B) in Montfaucon. That’s quite a project by itself!
9) What research or preservation projects have you completed in the past?
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10) What is your favorite spot in the Meuse-Argonne, and why?
Cunel / Varennes / Montfaucon…. historical point of view.
11) History aside, what is your favorite thing to do in the Meuse-Argonne?
Culture experience, historical monuments, nature hikes/fauna.
12) Schedule permitting, would you consider being a tour guide for individuals or groups traveling to the sector?
That’s possible, American Cemetery, Verdun area.
13) How can readers contact you for assistance or for more details?
14) Any other comments?
Come visit us … and enjoy your stay!