Tag Archives: Dun-sur-Meuse

Travel Tips: Finding a Quick, Good Lunch

    For battlefield visitors, it can be difficult to find quick and tasty lunch options without spending more than an hour in a restaurant. One option is to stock up on bread, meat, cheese, etc. at a Supermarket BEFORE the 12h00 – 14h00 lunch shutdown.  In the Meuse-Argonne region, there is a Coccinelle brand store in Doulcon (by Dun-sur-Meuse) and there are Carrefour Express brand stores in Grandpre and in Varennes-en-Argonne.  The Webmaster is less familiar with other regions of France. A second and Continue reading →

Business Opportunity: Two Wheel Moorings B&B, Dun-sur-Meuse

  For 14 years U.K. couple Carol and Ian Moore have run Two Wheel Moorings, a B&B in Dun-sur-Meuse that caters to motorcyclists touring the region; but they also have an interest in the First World War in the region and they have hosted many battlefield tourists over that time too!  Now, they have decided that it is time to sell the property and let someone else continue the business.  According to their website:  “What started as a ‘retirement hobby’ quickly developed into a full Continue reading →

La Vie en France #20: A Look at Rural French Towns Along the Battlefield

Part 1:  What’s in a Town? This look at towns began with one of the Webmaster’s first tour clients; who as a town planner was interested in their water sources, including the historical lavoir or wash house.  Starting from there, the Webmaster began to see other common features too.  Regardless of size, almost every French town in the sector has the following items: Mairie (Town Hall)–If the town is large enough it is usually a combined Mairie/École.) War Memorial Church Salle de Fête  (Party Hall)–Regardless Continue reading →

La Vie en France #17: Le Brouillard (the Fog)

The advent of cooler weather brings with it “le brouillard.”  In the morning and evening it can make driving on those lovely narrow French backroads a bit more challenging; but it also adds a certain atmosphere–especially for those touring the battlefields.  The good news is that it generally burns off by 10h00 or 10h30. Also, for those just learning French seeing the word itself is very menacing:  The oui blends together; The double ll becomes a Y sound; and the final d is silent because Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Lillian Pfluke

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 multi-year research or preservation projects.  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? Lillian Pfluke, US, Founder of American War Memorials Overseas.  Also adjunct math professor for the University of Maryland.   2)  Which Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Alain Cesarini

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 multi-year research or preservation projects.  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? Alain Cesarini French Retired for six years   2)  Which languages do you speak, and how fluently do you speak them? Continue reading →

La Vie en France #7: Welcome to the Punch Bowl

La Vie en France #6 proved to be quite popular, as there seems to be a good bit of interest in seeing where the Webmaster is living during his six months in France.  Le Vie en France #7 shows a panoramic view of the “Punch Bowl” encircling Doulcon.  It is taken from a hillside along the D164 perhaps a kilometer West of Doulcon.     Western portion of the punch bowl.     Eastern portion showing Doulcon and Dun-sur-Meuse.  The church on the Hillside at Continue reading →

La Vie en France #6: An Evening Walk in Doulcon

Situated in the Department of the Meuse and the Region of Lorraine, Doulcon has  a population of around 430 inhabitants.  As travelers to the region know, this is not a wealthy port city along the coast.  Rather, Doulcon is situated in the heart of farming country; and its houses and streets reflect the increasing difficulties of farming–even in the heart of France with all its farm subsidies.  Luckily, the region also attracts thousands of tourists a year:  Tourists, such as the Dutch, who love the natural beauty Continue reading →

Travel Tips: Passe au Present! Militaria Shop in Dun-sur-Meuse

  The webmaster enjoys “discovering” new places every time he visits the Meuse-Argonne; and this happened in November, when he discovered the Passé au Présent! militaria shop in Dun-sur-Meuse.   The shop is run by father, Jacques Mansy, and his son, Thibault Mansy; each with their own areas of specialization.  Jacques Mansy specializes in unit histories, old postcards and ephemera relating to WW1, WW2 and the French colonial wars.  Thibault specializes in military antiques, including helmets, U.S. WW1 items and knives and bayonets from around the world.  Continue reading →

Then and Now: German “Sniper Position” at Dun-sur-Meuse Church

  Caption:  “Desecrated cemetery, Dun-sur-Meuse, and a portion of the damaged church.  Two German rifles are evidence that they were sniping from here.”   Location:  This very old church sits on a hilltop overlooking Dun-sur-Meuse.  It is most visible on the D998 driving from Doulcon into Dun.  To get to the hilltop, turn North on the D964; then turn right on Rue Saint-Sébastien; then right on Rue de Vieux Château; finally right on the Rue de l’Église.  Enjoy the climb up on the narrow roads! Continue reading →