Tour of Remembrance
Rouen and Reims
The bus ride back to Rouen was quiet and somber. We leave Rouen for
Reims and pass familiar places; Beauvais, Clermont and the Forest of Compiegne,
the latter the site of the famed Railway Car in which at least two peace
agreements have been signed. Once in 1918-19 and then again in 1940 when the
Germans defeated the French. This is a restored car, the original destroyed near,
in of all places, Ohrdruf by an allied bombing raid during the war.
Now restored it is a beautifully appointed relic.
In Reims we visit the schoolhouse where the 1945 surrender took place. It is a
very plain building and could well be lost among others in that area. Here
too we indulged in a bit of champagne (more if we chose) saw the Great
Cathedral where France's Kings were crowned.
Location of 1919 and 1940 Surrenders
Location of 1945 Surrender
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