The WW2 martyr village

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of France  , Limousin,
Monday, December 14, 2009

After scraping the ice from the inside of the windows, we went to fetch a fresh baguette. On the way we offered in our appalling French to help bump start a French car.  We failed to get it started but the lady thanked us anyway, in fluent cockney! We went on to visit Oradour-Sur-Glane, a martyr village of the second world war. After D-Day, the Germans rounded up everyone in the village, killed all but 6, and set the village on fire taking anything transportable of value. The village has been left in memory and the visit is informed by the accompanying museum.  The atmosphere is unadulterated by the surrounding organisation, the rusting remains of cars and bicycles, sewing machines and weighing scales plus bullet holes in the walls and in the church give all that is needed to cause visitors to walk in slow silence.
We drove on to south of Bordeaux where there are more cars and vehicles than we'd seen since leaving England.  We  were on a city ringroad in rush hour.  French motorway repairs were underway. A bulldozer drove up and down the hard shoulder with no traffic speed restrictions nor barriers.  A man with a van had tipped some tarmac onto the hard  shoulder and was plopping it into pot holes in the slow lane, between cars.  We think the cones sales people aren't working as hard here as they do in England!
A lakeside overnight stop, with a walk in the woods in the warmth of south France - 5C.
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