Faye's Faves February 2019
Welcome to my new regular blog theme where I will share with you my favourite books, movies, documentaries and videos about WW1, plus a couple of my favourite places to hang out and visit in Arras and around France.
Read - Shock Troops
My all-time favourite Canadian Military Historian is Mr. Tim Cook from the Canada War Museum and Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University. If only every history text book was so well written, if only every author made understanding military tactics of the time so simple. You can be sure that I will be mentioning Tim Cook again, he's written quite a lot and it is my goal to own and read every single one.
Shock Troops picks up where the first of this two volume series left off. The Canadians, having completed their part on the Somme in 1916, are now at the base of Vimy Ridge and preparing for their part in the Battle of Arras. Mr. Cook skillfully weaves the story of the Canadian Corps from their preparations for Vimy through to the end of the war and the return home so that you will find it hard to put this book down. I have laughed, cried and been absolutely horrified in the span of a couple of pages.
Watch - The Great War Channel
The Great War Channel on YouTube is a great way to learn about the Great War in small doses. The videos are about 15 minutes long and you can choose the specific subjects that interest you most from their homepage. If you are a visual learner you will appreciate the use of historical images and film along with maps in their videos.
Eat - La Dame Jeanne
As the French say, this is my "coup de coeur”! ❤️
Located at the foot of the Hôtel de Ville and Belfry, La Dame Jeanne is a cozy wine bar offering a wide selection of wine and champagne by the glass or bottle and in the summer, there’s nothing like spritz on the terrace where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Place des Héros. Try a platter of charcuterie and cheese, terrine or saucisson sec; the chocolate fondu is to die for. Celine and Bertrand are fabulous hosts and have extensive knowledge of their products, (being sommeliers), and will be happy to recommend a wine that suits your taste.
If you are planning a few months in advance, you can inquire about their wine courses offered on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings, (classes are booked up months in advance), or book a private course for your group of 10 - 12 people. Thursdays are Happy Hour; selected wines are only 3€ per glass!
Open: Tuesday - Saturday (early closure on Tuesdays for wine course)
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Reservations highly recommended Thursday - Saturday evenings
T: +33 3 61 11 10 83
Visit - Les Boves
Follow your bilingual guide through the caves and cellars in the fascinating underground world below Arras. Les Boves began in the 10th century as a quarry for chalk used for construction then developed into to caves and cellars for the merchants of the squares above. In times of war they became safe shelters for soldiers and citizens to escape the surface bombardments. Bring a sweater, the temperature is around 10ºC year round and the tour lasts about 45 minutes.
Open February - December
Enquire / Purchase tickets at:
Office de Tourisme Hôtel de Ville - Place des Héros
Tel. +33-(0)3 21 51 26 95
Fax : +33-(0)3 21 71 07 34