Verdun Memorial: The New Face of War – Fighting, Meuse 1918

We often think of the First World War as having been one long, unchanging tragedy. But in fact the nature of the war changed considerably over the four years it spanned, partly due to...

Marking the Centenary of the First World War in the Aisne

This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. Numerous commemorative events are taking place across France, and we have compiled a Remembrance Tourism Guide for travellers making trips to...

30 Years in 30 Photos at the Mémorial de Caen

To mark its milestone 30th anniversary, the Mémorial de Caen in Normandy has teamed up with the World Press Photo Foundation to present 30 photographs capturing pivotal events of the past three decades. Set to...

Not-to-Miss Remembrance Sites in Calvados, Normandy

Our selection of some of the more important museums and cemeteries in the département. Related article: Calvados in Normandy, Tales from the Parisian Riviera CAEN MEMORIAL A strategic target for Allied forces, Caen was nearly reduced to...

Calvados in Normandy: Tales from the Parisian Riviera

Famous for its cider and its eponymously named eau-de-vie, this is William the Conqueror’s birthplace and where the Allies landed in 1944. Marion Sauvebois discovers a département where the locals have become the self-appointed...

Memorial Day: First World War Commemorative Events in the Aisne

This year marks the centennial of the end of the Great War. It is the culmination of a period during which the world has remembered the horrors of 1914-1918 and the many millions who...

Visit Aisne: A Green Gem Steeped in History

With a history spanning 1,000 years, culture galore and a fascinating Remembrance trail to boot, Aisne is worth a visit. Located just 1 hour from Paris and Lille, and only 4 hours from London,...

History of the Resistance: Exploring Castelnau-sur-l’Auvignon in the Gers

On the pilgrim path of Saint Jacques between Le Romieu and Condom is Castelnau-sur-l'Auvignon, a commune in the Gers department of southwest France. It looks unremarkable at first glance but appearances can be deceptive...

The Somme: Centenary Additions to the Remembrance Trail

The Somme is a land steeped in the tragic history of the First World War. The tranquility found today in this beautiful department in France's northernmost Hauts-de-France region betrays little to its past history...

The Most Iconic Sites of Nord-Pas de Calais

First time in Nord-Pas de Calais? Build these essential stops into your itinerary to make the most of your trip. Related articles: Top of the World, Nord-Pas de Calais Things to See and Do in...