On our way to visit Ft. Douaumont from Verdun, we drove past the London communication trench. During WWI, after the recapture of Fort Douaumont and Fort Vaux in late 1916, this trench was built to join the town of Belleville to Fort Douaumont and the ruined town of Douaumont in order to deliver supplies, relieve troops and for hospital evacuation.
The sides of the trench were reinforced concrete to avoid having the trench cave in from bombings and bad weather.
Perhaps it should be your first stop, but it was our last stop of the day. This is a museum with information about the horrific Battle of Verdun and the end of a rather overwhelming day. There are old artillery pieces displayed out front and souvenirs sold inside. There is a magnificent view of the Ossuary from the front steps. Check the web site listed below for current information. You can click on the little British flag at the top for info in English but the photos are better on the French site.
It's a good place to get information so I do advise visiting this first, not as we did.
Le Village détruit de Fleury is a village that was obliterated during the 300 days and nights of constant bombing in the Battle of Verdun. The roads are now paths in the woods that have grown back and there are plaques telling you what street it was or what business was located there or whose farm it was. The destruction was absolute and mindboggling.
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L’Abri des Pelerins is your only choice out in the countryside near the battlefields and memorials. There is simply no place else to eat. Hence, you will eat with fellow tourists and locals. We had a marvelous exchange with a group of three elderly (even to us) folks who live in the area and had heard stories all their lives. They spoke nearly no English but we all managed to have a conversation within our limits. One fellow was a decorated WWII veteran (no, not WWI) and he brought in a bag he carries in his car to show us old photos, his medals and newspaper articles. It was absolutely fascinating.
The restaurant is a combination cafeteria/cafe/restaurant and there is outside seating in good weather. The lady who seems to own and run it came over a few times to help translate for everyone. We were having a late lunch so ordered a Croque Madame which was the best I've had anyplace. With the good food and the interesting company, it was a great lunch.
Favorite Dish: We were eating a big dinner and it was late so we only had a sandwich. Ed ordered a Croque Monsieur and I ordered a Croque Madame and both were excellent as were the frites that accompanied them. I'm not fond of sandwiches but these were excellent. The service was slow but very friendly.
They do have a set menu and a carte so you can get a real meal there and I suspect it would be delicious or all those local diners would not be there. They had to drive a ways to get there!