Day-65, Jun 25, Étaín to Verdun

Great walk–nice and cool with rain for about half of it. Then it all came crashing down when my budget hotel (Ibis) didn’t have my reservation that I thought I had. I squirmed for four hours trying to get something other than sleeping under a tree. Problem was that every one of Verdun’s dozen or so hotels was booked due to a huge music fete. I tried working with the Tourism Office to no avail. Finally walked the 2 miles from Ibis to the Tourism Office where a second call to a B&B opened up a room for me. Incredible! I’m with a wonderful family–he’s retired military (helicopter logistics support for 35 years).

Wish I had more time to explore Verdun that’s so heavily steeped in WW I battle history, the Argonne forest all around. Coming here I walked by a somber, plain-looking German cemetery with WW I casualties that pretty much captured the mood of the bloody battles fought in this region.

The pic shows the old city bastion on the Meuse River and one of several monuments honoring WW I heroes. The other one the music stage set for evening–thank goodness the rains let off.


  1. Bob and Ronna Streeton — 06-26-2016 at 12:38 pm

    Really enjoying following your path, arm chair style. The foot by foot, literally, pace must be so interesting. Keep the pace. Sending hugs. Will talk up your travels with the Wine Lovers Group and will raise a glass in your honor. Bob and Ronna Strreton

    • kurt — 06-26-2016 at 9:27 pm

      Loved the picture Rose took with your toast. ❤️❤️

  2. Joyce Summers — 06-28-2016 at 6:35 pm

    Amazing how things work out so unexpectedly and even better than planned. Your descriptions and pictures are history lessons revisited.