Oct 21 (retro)

In searching through my photos, I found evidence of more adventures, and learning moments.

look hard for the climbers!

Along the Meuse, a spectacular rock formation, with climbers enjoying the spectacular setting. Reminds me of when I was an avid climber, always looking for such challenges.

Along the Meuse, an ancient monestery (11th century) at Mont-devant-Sassey. The bells were cast in the local village, in a foundry that made thousands of bells for the local area. The church is remarkably restored and maintained.

A visit to Hackenberg fortress, the first of the Maginot defenses built after the first World War, to protect France from the continuing threats from Germany. The forts DID protect France: none was captured by fire by Germany during the second World War. However, the forts did not prevent Germany from conquering France- they went around the defenses, overran the French, Belgian and British armies in Belgium and northern France, and this caused the forts to surrender after France surrendered. A city underground, this fort was actually a collection of defences, linked by underground railway. An amazing experience to visit today.

main entry point for supplies for the Hackenberg fortress

part of the kilometers-long tunnel and rail system inside the fortress

part of the ammunition storage- the rail system on the roof was used throughout the fortress to transfer the tons of munitions

a room used for training

officers quarters- the men were much closer together!

view from an observation cupola the mushroom-like things are the gun turrets, up to 130mm, which could fire to the horizon visible




About Ed Mortimer

I'm a retired school teacher, now living on my Dutch cruiser in France. I'm touring as much of the canals and river systems as I can. This blog describes what I do and where I've been. I did spend 5 years on first a narrowboat, and then this boat, in Britain.
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1 Response to Oct 21 (retro)

  1. Ian McCauley says:

    Nice to read about your travels and good to hear that you sorted out your problems after we met at Watten. You certainly covered some territory! Good work and we hope you enjoyed it all. Cheers, Ian and Lisette (Catharina Elisabeth).

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