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Following the Heart: Synchronicities along the Way

A few days after the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan I was sitting in Paris outside Shakespeare and Company, lifting my plummeting sugar levels with a wholly forgettable slice of pumpkin pie bought from...

The Somme: In Search of a Name

I was in Toulouse on the 23rd June 2016, learning a little French at Alliance Française. When I woke up on the morning of the 24th June I found I was no longer European,...

Visit the WW1 Battlefields in the Somme from the Barge ASLAUG

Canal de la Somme is a beautiful waterway situated in the Picardie, Northern France. The Somme region was heavily hurt during the two World Wars, and visits to the many war memorials are an emotional...
The lovely open square of Saint-Quentin

Hidden History: Explore Aisne in Picardy

Turning my car uphill towards the lofty town of Laon, my immediate reaction is to look up. The town stretches along a narrow limestone ridge that curves in a dramatic horseshoe above the rich farmland of eastern Picardy, and the road...

France and Germany Mark Centenary of the Battle of Verdun

It’s been 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle in World War One, and one of the most demanding of any military conflict, in which 300,000 soldiers were killed in 300 days...

Discover The ‘Terroir’ of the Western Front 14-18

Just as the military sites of The Western Front 14-18 are unique in world history, so too is the ‘terroir’ of the five regions – Northern France, Picardy, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine and Alsace. This evocative French...

The Western Front 14-18

Mention the words ‘Western Front’ and the same pictures appear in the minds of people across the world. Stretching across the North-East of France from the Belgian Coast to the Swiss border, this European...

American and International Remembrance Sites

Thanks to The Western Front 14- 18, it’s never been easier to follow in the footsteps of your ancestors. As well as a wealth of online resources to help you plan your trip, Tourist...

Explore the Battlefields of World War I

The Remembrance sites of The Western Front 14-18 welcome visitors from all countries of the world and are open all year round. There is no charge to visit cemeteries and memorials across the five...

Cultural Escapes on the Western Front 14-18

Visitors come from all over the world to pay their respects at the Remembrance sites of The Western Front 14-18. But the five regions involved – Northern France and Picardie, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine and Alsace...