The end of World War I....Little bit difficult to find. Free car park. Couple of Euros to get in the musuem. Interesting for kids too.This is where the German surrender was accepted by Marshal Foch, in a railway carriage, on the 11th November 1918. Thereafter the date was called Armistice Day. I presume the date wasn’t called that already, and the...more
We were lucky that there was just the 4 of us and 2 others being guided around this beautiful chateau. The cost was very cheap and for kids under 18 free! Because we were a small group we were able to view the bathroom of Josephine, which you wouldn't normally see with a big group as it's a small room. There are some beautiful gardens that are free...more
The impressive Chateau at Compiegne was built between 1755 and 1799. During the French Revolution the chateau was internally stripped but luckily the exteriour was left pretty much untouched.This was one of the last of the royal palaces to be inhabited, built on the instructions of Louis XV by the architect Angel-Jacques Gabriel.more
There is a small war museum here, which is very interesting. 100s of photos taken in the trenches, it really brings it home what these men went though and the awful living conditions. This is where both Armistice agreements were actually signed.Admission was about 2 euros open 09:00 to noon, then 14:00 to 17:30.more
Joan of Arc was an incredible woman, at the age of 12 she began hearing voices to rid France of the English, by dressing as a man and wageing war. At the age of 17 in 1429 after various battles she and her troups had a great victory over the English. Joan had risen through the ranks so much, that she even sat next to Charles VII at his...more
Clairiere de L'Armistace is where world war 1 officially ended, in a railway carriage, in ths clearing of the beautiful Forest of Compiegne. The armistace was signed at 11.00 on the 11th November, 1918.In 1940, June the 22nd in the exact same railway car the French signed the armistice which acknowleged the German conquest of France.The Railway car...more
The Church of St Jacques built in two stages, firstly in the 13th century and then again in the 18th is famous for its beautiful stained glass windows.On the morning she was captured Joan of Arc came here to paey in 1430.This is a most attractive church both internally and exterally, the high vaulted ceiling is wonderful. An internal photo is in...more
The city centre of Compiegne is buzzing even on a week day. Plenty of cafes and shops here, even some you will have heard of. I guess this is for the Parisians who land in the city at the weekend. There is quite a mix of traditionally stone built, modern and even timber frame buildings.more
33 Cours Guynemer, Compiegne, Ile-de-France, FR-60200, France
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Carrefour Jean Monnet D 200, BP 20447, Compiegne, Ile-de-France, 60472, France
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Auberge du Daguet is an asthetically pleasing place, both inside and out. Unfortunately they were not serving food at the time we were in the village of Vieux Moulin. The menu, if a touch expensive looked very appetising, even had vegetarian options! I would definately eat here if I was in the area again.more
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The French game of Boules is also known as Petaneque.
The object of the game is to throw your ball as close the target ball (cochonnet) as possible. the closest wins.
This is not just a local custom in Compeigne, but all over France it is common to see the French, usually old men playing in parks.
This is another picturesque little village we happened across, looks quite a wealthy little place, didn't see any deralict places here. With Vieux Moulin being only a a few km south east of Compiegne I imagine it is a commuter area.If your passing, its worth a wander around the quiet streets, the church, built in 1860 was quite an unusual style and...more
All the way from the Chateau in Compiegne there is clearing through the forest to Beau Monts (Beautiful Mountain). It is possibe to walk all the way. From the top are wonderful views of the surrounding area. This is called to 5km walk!The Forest of Compiegne for centuries was the hunting ground for French Royalty. If we were up and about early...more
The beautiful forest of Compiegne is one of Frances oldest woodlands. Very popular with walkers, horseriders and cyclists both on and off road. The is 150 square km for you to explore. Many signed footpaths and gorgeous woodland walks.