Up at the crack of dawn at Catrionia and Mike’s, well she does have two young boys to wake us up! Also Bella had an appointment with the local “Coiffeur”, Christine had decided
she looked a mess and needed sorting out, after all Christine did have a go and the result reminded me of that advert, “Should have gone to Specsavers”: Anyway, 1030hrs she was booked in for and as we had decided whilst here we would visit Oradour-sur-Glane and they were both in the same direction, so we went in Rosie. We were going to use Pinky & Perky but as we couldn’t get Bella on and as Oradour-sur-Glane was about ¾hr away and also along a very busy road full of big lorries, Rosie stepped up to the mark.
Bella safely deposited with the Coiffeur who didn’t have a word of English and our French didn’t run to the sort of conversation we are comfortable with, we left wondering what she would look like when we retrieved her at 1530hrs!!!!
We arrived at Oradour-sur-Glane, which I am sure you are all aware
is where a troop of the Der Führer Regiment of the 2nd Waffen-SS Panzer Division, Das Reich, murdered 642 Men, Women, and Children. They circled the village then rounded everybody up and assembled them all in the village square outside the church until the
order was given to fill the church. The rest were shot in small groups.
on the 10th June 1944 as reprisals for the abduction of two German SS Officers by the resistance movement. For more information try www.oradour.info.com
The old village has been left completely as it was after the massacre with pre war cars
littering the streets and garages that were in the village. They have now added an exhibition centre portraying the lead up to the tragedy from the rise of Hitler. It was a very moving and heart wrenching exhibition which portrayed vividly the outcome and the destruction that took place.
Again, another example of the futility of war demonstrating that the real casualties are not the Politicians who start it or the soldiers paid to fight.
This place has now become the memorial and commemoration centre for all the various atrocities that the Germans perpetrated in various Villages and Towns around Europe.
After this informative but harrowing visit we enjoyed a “cuppa” and a light lunch in Rosie whilst still in the car park then off to collect Bella.
Well, what a pretty girl came out of the Coiffeur, Christine tells me she now looks what a
Cocker Spaniel should look like, at last!
Back to Mike and Catrionia’s for the rest of the afternoon and carry out various chores. This was followed by a superb evening meal with a delightful glass or two of wine and then Mike and I settled down to taste the Single Malt Whiskies I had following my Whisky tasting when staying with Martin and Marion, and as we had been introduced to Whisky with chocolate by the “wee Dram”, we had the same here.