The liberty and sacred road at Verdun
wishing that it will not be a local custom but a custom to visitors and locals alike not to forget. This is the ways of sacré and liberté. I did the route in Lorraine just last week.
as the site says "The only road that enabled the front to be resupplied is 60 km long and stretches between Bar-le-Duc and Verdun. In the thick of the fighting, it facilitated the transport of 90,000 men and 50,000 tons of equipment per week. For millions of men, The Sacred Way was the first and often the last stage in a sorrowful ordeal."
Now you can follow it by car on the D603 road .The highway, which is a major arterial between Verdun and Bar-le-Duc, is still characterized by its one-of-a-kind stone kilometer markers.
More here in English
and again more in English
and Gen Patton liberty road in a map
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Fleur de Louis...
Scientific name: Iris pseudacorus.
English: Yellow iris, or Water-flag.
French: Iris sauvage.
German: Gelbe Schwertlilie.
Dutch: Gele lis.
Belongs to the family of the IRIDACEAE. Grows in humid places: marshes, rivers banks…
I remember a drawing from the book of French History of my childhood.
Showing king Philippe-Auguste (1165-1223) caracoling on his ceremonial horse covered with a blue cloth dressed with golden “Fleurs de Lis” (Lily flowers).
These ornaments don’t really look like lily flowers. Even considering stylizing.
They rather look like yellow iris ones, just a bit modified by the “designers” of that time.
And that’s actually what they are…
The French kings were descended from Frankish tribes from the banks of the Ijssel river, an arm of the Rhine’s delta. A region of marshes where the most majestic flower was the great water-flag... A logical emblem for the chief of the tribe.
So, why the hell call it “Fleur de Lis” when it actually is “fleur d’iris”?
Let’s ask the question to Philippe-Auguste’s father: king Louis VII (1120-1180)… A guy who took part to many, many fights and to the second Crusade (1147-1149) led by the lunatic and fanatical Saint Bernard.
At this period, there were no real uniforms in the armies. Every knight was wearing clothes at his own coat of arms. Very complicated heraldry…
So, one of the worries of warriors was:
“How to undoubtedly recognize friends and enemies in the mess of a battle?”
It’s always better to know to whom belongs the head you are hammering with your mace…!
Remembering his ancestors’ emblem, king Louis VII took it up again and ordered his knights to wear it…
The emblem was therefore called “Fleur de Louis” (Louis’ flower), which little by little evolved in “Fleur de Lis”…Related to:
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