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la Citadelle de Bitche
Bitche, France
A Castle.. or a Fortress?
Click for Album Our first trip into France
Click for Album Mel, Mom, and Alex bring up the rear
Click for Album Mel still leading with Alex and Mom running behind
Click for Album Amy, Adam, Mom, & Mell at the drawbridge over a moat
Click for Album Adam thinks this is a toilet drain. Nice thought Adam!:-)
Click for Album Mel & Mom inside the drawbridge is a long uphill into the entry
Click for Album Amy, Adam, & Alex looking up the hill into the entry
Click for Album Looking down from the entry way
Click for Album Alex, Amy, & Adam stand at the tunnel entry to the Citadelle
Click for Album Mom & Mel working the way up. A huge wooden door blocked the entry
Click for Album Amy, Alex, & Adam reading about this passageway
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album Overview shots from a vantage point before going inside
Click for Album A bunker like entry to the underground city
Click for Album A stone stairwell. Built to last!
Click for Album Interior doorway. The numbers help you find your way through
Click for Album Mom, Alex, & Mel stand on the raised food storage above a hospital room
Click for Album Under the floor in an area used for hospital
Click for Album Mom at the bottom of some VERY steep stairs
Click for Album These guys were standing very still. Almost as though they were not breating!;-)
Click for Album Melodie checks out a latrine off of one of the hospital rooms
Click for Album One of many fireplaces throughout.
Click for Album Mom & Mel passing through an interconnecting tunnel
Click for Album The tunnels were everywhere connecting each room and area
Click for Album Another example of the heating system
Click for Album This tunnel was hand dug through the rock material
Click for Album Looking back you can see the pick axe marks clearly
Click for Album Just a picture of a broken archway leading away from the pump room
Click for Album Two men turned this to lift needed water from 80 meters below
Click for Album Under German occupancy, this pump was installed
Click for Album Looking up at the ceiling at the cable lift system
Click for Album These are feeding troughs for the cattle livestock kept underground
Click for Album Looking out from the livestock room
Click for Album The troughs are about 5 feet off the floor. There was a thick layer of hay
Click for Album Jennie adjust her headphones. Multi-lingual headsets tell the story
Click for Album A large baking oven in the kitchen
Click for Album Jennie acting silly in front of the oven and stove
Click for Album Air shafts to the outside are hidden throughout
Click for Album This is the main room where troops slept
Click for Album One of six fireplaces in this large room
Click for Album Don is 6'. This is a BIG fireplace
Click for Album Amy can't let Dad have all the fun!
Click for Album Melodie gets in on teh fireplace act
Click for Album There are very few entryways into the lower living quarters
Click for Album This is a hole in the wall for shooting at the enemy below
Click for Album Adam and Alex check out one of the cannons
Click for Album More artilary hardware on display
Click for Album Adam seems a bit chilled. It was about 25 degrees F that day
Click for Album The massive walls are impressive to anyone
Click for Album Amy stops to pose for the camera. What a cute young woman
Click for Album One way in... one way out.
Click for Album Amy, Adam, & Alex in front of a top side building
Click for Album The views to below and beyond are worth the small cost of admission
Click for Album Adam, Mel, Amy, & Mom stand atop the underground living quarters
Click for Album Mel, Dad, & Amy. We like each other!:-)
Click for Album Amy & Adam walk toward the museums and church
Click for Album This is a watering hole I suppose
Click for Album This end has a earthen mound with flag pole atop
Click for Album There are small shops and WC's beneath
Click for Album Amy stands at the entry to the church/museum
Click for Album Even in mid winter here, it is common to see bird in flight
Click for Album Jennie... on top of the world
Click for Album Alex claims his place at the top
Click for Album The village of Bitche
Click for Album A view from the flagpole down
Click for Album A different view of the church
Click for Album Everywhere you look... is a photo begging to be taken
Click for Album The massive walls near the entry (on our way out...)
Click for Album Alex strikes a pose at the main gate
Click for Album Two last shots of something... that will be standing long after we are gone
Click for Album that will be standing long after we are gone
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