Posts tagged ‘europe’

Fleury-devant-Douaumont, France

Although I’ve been to Verdun four times, it was a first time for me when I stopped at Fleury last month. It lays right next to the Verdun Memorial and just two kilometers away from the Douaumont Ossuary. When the Battle of Verdun began, the population of roughly 400 evacuated the village in a hurry. It is said that soldiers found half-eaten meals on the kitchen tables.

After 300 days of hell and after up to 60 million shells were fired, there was nothing left of the little village. Today, only signs show the visitors which buildings had to make room for destruction and the craters that are left. Fleury-devant-Douaumont and other eight villages in the region that suffered the same fate are called “villages detruit”, destroyed villages.


The road leading to the Verdun Memorial


A wooden sculpture of a ‘Poilu’, a French infantryman


Fleury is still a commune, although its population is ‘0’. The only building is the chapel which was built in 1979.


Signs like the one in the bottom left corner show what was there before. In this case, you’re looking at a cafe.


The memorial for the fallen of the village


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Amsterdam, Netherlands – Day

I’m back in Germany, and my leave is coming to a slow end. I’m still off for the rest of the week, though. The stays in Bruges and Amsterdam were excellent, but it lacked good weather. Unfortunately, this prevented me from using the full potential Amsterdam has to offer. Yet, it was the first time I visited Amsterdam in the Winter, and it gave me a chance to see it in a cold and grayish way.


Every morning, we walked over a bridge that allowed a good shot. It is the same bridge from the first photo of the first Amsterdam post. The weather wasn’t all that great, but the fog turned the photo into something acceptable.


Still on the bridge.


A street in Amsterdam. I love how the trees seem to dance around the parked cars. Ents in the Netherlands?



Typical for Amsterdam. Bicycles.



Fancy, tiny, and crooked buildings.


Van Gogh Museum and trees. And people. In black and white.


The nine windows in this photo belong to the front-left side of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.



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