Crumball Rally Day 2 - Boulogne to Auxerre, France
Trip Start May 01, 2009
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It was great fun meeting up with the other drivers and seeing their cars. There was a real mixture, including an Austin Allegro ("All Agro"), a Vauxhall Calibra, a pair of Porsches, an old Mercedes, another Skoda (a newer station wagon), a Honda Accord and a really well decorated Ford Mondeo. The Mondeo was a team of firefighters, who happened to know a graffiti artist, so he painted their car for them, and it looked fantastic, as you'll see in my photos.
Included in our challenges for the day was a task to take a picture of a V1 flying bomb from World War Two. We were given a hint that there was one in the foyer of La Coupole, a base which was built by the Germans in World War Two to fire V2 rockets at London, so we drove there (via the wrong museum outside of St Omer, which happened to be closed)
The complex was made up of a huge concrete dome built into the side of a large hill, with a maze of tunnels providing access. It was designed to allow safe construction of the V2 bombs inside the dome, which could then be transported out to the firing area by a small railway.
It was a fascinating place, and to know that Hitler knew of, and possibly visited this site, was quite eerie. Inside was a V1 flying bomb, a V2 which was taken to the USA after the war to aid their rocket program then gifted back to the French, and an exhibition of photos and accounts of the holocaust and life in German POW camps...all of which was very sobering. One of the most shocking parts was a photo of an SS officer about to shoot a Jewish woman and her child in the back of the head...truly awful stuff.
After completing the tour, we drove on to Auxerre, a town south west of Paris. As we took a bit of a detour away from the shortest route there (which included being taken on a dodgy, puddle ridden gravel road through a vineyard by the GPS) we arrived well after the sun went down