Blue View – Differences in the Countries We Visited

Blue View – Differences in the Countries We Visited

As we spent those four months traveling slowly through Italy, Switzerland, France and England, we observed that while the four countries were alike in many respects, they also differed in many more. Here are some of the differences we observed...

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Blue View - All Quiet on the Western Front

Blue View - All Quiet on the Western Front

In our walk through France, we've passed through perhaps a few hundred villages and towns, and virtually all have monuments honoring the fallen in WWI, most with the inscription "For our children who have died for their country". A large part of the 'war to end all wars' was fought on French soil, and when it was finally over, much of the country lay in ruins and more than a million French soldiers had perished. At first we saw town cemeteries that had a few dozen white crosses for the graves of the war dead, then the local cemeteries included the graves of fifty or a hundred or more, and now in the north where some of the heaviest fighting took place, we see a great many military graveyards with the crosses for hundreds and even thousands of fallen soldiers…

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Blue View - The Tour de France

 Blue View - The Tour de France

There was a time when I paid attention to the Tour de France. But the great Greg LeMond has long ago retired, and after Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because of the doping scandal, I lost interest in it. Now,it seems, we had stumbled onto front row seats to the most famous bicycle race in the world. How could we pass it up? We bought a baguette and a cold Coke, spread our little plastic tarp out in a shady spot, and waited for the racers…

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