The Nightingale: A Book Review

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a story of two women in war. It is also a tale of a country torn in two. The Nightingale Plot (No Spoilers) It happened quickly. On May 9, 1940, life in France was normal. People shared carafes of wine in the cafés of Paris and kids laughed …

Chateau de Chenonceau

A visit to France’s Loire Valley is truly incomplete without a visit to Château de Chenonceau. I was first attracted to the Loire Valley in France because of the Loire River, which served as the demarcation line in central France during WWII. The flowing demarcation line cut communities in two. It sliced farms and vineyards in …

oradour-sur-glane

First, brace yourself. Visiting Oradour-sur-Glane today is not visiting a place; rather, it is visiting a place in time. Oradour-sur-Glane is preserved to look exactly as it did after the smoke cleared on June 10, 1944, revealing the charred remains of a village as well as the remains of nearly all of its inhabitants. …

river cher loire valley

The first time that I visited Saint-Martin-le-Beau, a commune resting near the banks of the River Cher in central France, it was a cold evening in January and the rain slopped across my windshield as I navigated my rental car over the train tracks that run parallel to town. Because it was nighttime, I …

Oradour-sur-glane

Oradour-sur-Glane looks exactly as it did after the fires of June 10, 1944, stopped smoldering, leaving behind only the memories of 642 villagers who were inexplicably massacred. The burned-out shells of buildings where there once stood a church, a bakery, a deli, a town hall, are a reminder of what this village was before …