We have breakfast and decide we will drive up Bouillon, Belgium on the River Semois stopping at several WWI sites along the way. Carolyn packs us a lunch and we take off on a route that roughly parallels the Meuse River which is absolutely beautiful country side. Our first planned stop after stumbling on a small rather depressing German cemetery
is the beautiful but somber American Cemetery at Meuse-Argonne. The US did their part of the fighting in the greater Verdun area. The US was late to enter the war, 1918, but it still took its toll on US lives. The the Meuse/Argonne Offensive fighting lasted some 45 days and the US suffered over 100,000 men wounded missing in action or killed. Of the 25,000 plus dead, many are buried in this cemetery.
This is a beautiful part of France; hilly, heavily wooded in parts with working water ways and nice recreational areas. Bouillon is just across the border in Belgium. The town first appears in history in 988. Later Godfry of Bouillon who lead the first crusade to Jerusalem in 1096 built a fortified castle on the hill top. There is an upper town just below the castle on the hillside and a beautiful medieval town along both sides of the river. We stop at an old resort hotel for a drink and rest stop then go up to the castle and find a pin for Jack.