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WW2 sites and places to visit.

Galway
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WW2 sites and places to visit.

We are flying in to Frankfurt 23/5/2011 and intend to drive to Nice......Along the way visiting Luxembourg...Metz......Battle of the Bulge area....we have a loose plan to drive to Nice via North-west Italy after visiting some sites as described above.....We can also consider driving down through eastern France to Nice...

....Any suggestions?........WW2 sites you recommend?

....How about our general route plans?

.....You,ve always helped us to make pour plans and to create a wonderful holiday in the past.....We have about 10 days for this trip.

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1. Re: WW2 sites and places to visit.

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2. Re: WW2 sites and places to visit.

I've thought it would be interesting to visit the Maginot Line, but haven't made it yet. There's a site at Schoenenbourg which could fit into your itinerary. historvius.com/schoenenbourg-maginot-line-fo…

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3. Re: WW2 sites and places to visit.

The Battle of the Bulge took place almost entirely in the Ardennes hills and forest in Belgium with perhaps a little involvement of northern Luxembourg. Questions about that part of your trip could probably best be answered in the Belgium forums.

The Maginot line stretched from just south of Sedan more or less along the current French-German border. There are several major bastions along the line that you can visit, in particular those to the west and east of Saarbrucken at Hackenberg and Simserhof.

Despite the fact that the German forces defended it stubbornly for months after the liberation of Paris, Metz was largely spared destruction by the advancing American armies in 1944 because of its links with the Marquis de Lafayette. Instead the Allies concentrated their efforts on reducing the fortifications that surrounded the city. It is very much worth visiting for its magnificent cathedral and many other attractions including its museums.

What else there is in this area and especially around Verdun for example is a great deal of major significance in terms of WW1.

I would also recommend that you head south through France rather than Italy unless you are particularly keen to drive through Switzerland. When you leave the Flanders/Picardy region you could continue through Alsace. (The Route des Crêtes along the tops of the Jura mountains was built as a WW1 military road.) Then as Diz suggests you could visit the Vercors en route to the south coast.

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In all honesty, I do not think that your plan for this vacation ( that includes the possibility of driving to Nice via either NW-Italy, or through Eastern France ) is at all reasonable, as it really doesn't have any historical continuity - and is in no way possible within a 10 day period.

Since you only have 10 days, and will be flying into Franfkurt, I urge you to seriously look at the map or Europe, and determine those places that are within a reasonable distance (5 days out/5 days back).

While I LOVE the South of France, in all honesty, it is not a reasonable destination, unless you just want to spend way too much of your time on major highways, as opposed to exploring and enjoying what Europe has to offer.

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Thanks Alpillesgal.......

your point is of course quite valid........the rough plan looks like a real challenge...

I always revise my original plans.... and will , most likely stay on a more direct route...

We have driven all over Europe.....and have tasted the wonders of local life....We have diverted to the most intimate places and have really enjoyed discovering the wonders of everyday life in Europe...

Our holidays always start with a challenge and through the advice of Tripadvisors like yourself we have a great time.!!

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........and by the way.....thanks 'Gal for your advice in the past.....April 2009 comes to mind!

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