Town and villages


Nativity scenes Museum (Musée des crèches)

The scenes come from Africa, America … or from closer to home, like the famous Nativity scenes for which Provence in Southern France has been famous for the past two hundred years. They show a variety of settings (a barn, a byre, an entire village, a mill) and, of course, they’re peopled with figurines known as “santons” (“small saints”), among them a chimneysweep, a miller, a hurdy-gurdy player, a gypsy … read more

Monument a la Victoire (Victory monument)

Monument of victory in Verdun
  • Jun 12, 2018
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This memorial in the town center was inaugurated in 1929 by French President, Gaston Doumergue. From it, there is a breathtaking view of the town. The 73 steps lead up to a hall containing lists of names of the soldiers awarded the Verdun medal. read more

Destroyed Villages (les villages détruits)

Trench the bayonets
  • Jun 8, 2018
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Nine villages located in the “Red Zone” were razed to the ground during the Battle of Verdun, swept away in the devastating onslaught. They were Beaumont-¬en-Verdunois, Bezonvaux, Cumieres-le-Mort-Hornme, Douaumont, Fleury-devant-Douaumont, Haumont-pres¬-Samogneux, l.ouvemont-Cote-du-Poivre, Ornes and Vaux-¬devant-Damloup. read more


  • Sep 30, 2017
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The small but delightful town of Marville.

I had been intending to visit anyway but was immediately impressed. The other points on our route had all been quaint villages with lots of the local yellow stone – not a torchy wall in sight.

You can still see that Marville was much grander. read more


ooievaars Damvillers
  • Jun 30, 2017
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Lots of storks in the area. Keep your eyes open for higher places. Storks are in the region from march till september. They have 1 nest a year.
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