Have you ever heard of the new opened « Musée de la grande guerre » (museum of the big war) in Meaux ? It is about the 1st world war and thanks to B & L, I had the opportunity to visit it at last !
B & L are a wonderful American retired couple living in Paris for a year, to whom I provide French lessons, helping them in their daily life.
Instead of having our regular lesson as planned, we decided to drive to Meaux and visit the museum as they suggested it, as it seemed quite difficult for them to go there on their own.
It was a very nice opportunity for us to speak about : his father was in France as an American soldier , and on my side, many members of my family died during this war as many families . I was born in Lorraine and grew up in this part of France therefore I was used to visit many sadly famous battles …
With his wife we mostly share about our way of seeing this war according to our personal life and souvenirs … so many to share and speak about !
After the visit, I suggested to visit the town and have lunch there together. Meaux is a very old medieval town with narrow streets and such a big cathedral. It is worth to visit it. It is very close to Paris by driving (about 40 kilometers) but the problem for many foreigners is that they have to take the train and then get a taxi from the station to the museum.
If you are interested by world war 1 and its historical and chronological aspect, I would highly recommend you to visit it : a lot of authentic videos and a profusion of items of this period (from a real plane to the canteen of the soldier, and the famous « taxis de la Marne »)
The museum itself is composed of a lot of things privately collected by the main donator,