Big time at Étrépilly !!!

I again, cruising in my vault of pictures found some not in a full post yet and they should as it brings many nice family memories. This is a small town but with a big heart. Without further ado let me tell you a bit about the big time at Étrépilly !!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The town of Étrépilly is located in the department 77 of Seine-et-Marne in the region of Île-de-France. The town is located 11 km from Meaux, This is a very small family village which we have visited of course, Nice memories and found me two pictures of an unique visit that I like to have in my blog.

We ,again, came to my dear late wife Martine, sister at Étrépilly. Their small city hall is or  Mairie is at 4 Place Christian de Bartillat as the town has less than 1K folks ! In the evening we came back after having lunch in the sister in law house in a village nearby, There is a Finnish sauna with a central barbecue which was awesome to do it with the family there. And we did had several cuts of meat with nice red wines, the main point the sharing of family time that because of the distances to us are less then optimum.

Etrepilly sauna finlandaise myriam house dec18

Etrepilly sauna finlandaise inside myriam house dec18

This area is full of WWI memories and very memorable indeed, During the Great War or WWI, during the Battle of Ourcq, the village was the subject of fierce fighting. On September 7, 1914, the 350th infantry regiment could not remove Étrépilly where the Germans were solidly fortified. The next day the 2nd bis regiment of zouaves perseveres and ends up taking the village with the bayonet. There is a big necropolis almost as big as the village, this is a National necropolis, bringing together the bodies of 534 French soldiers (including 133 in individual graves and 534 in ossuaries), who died during the fight for Étrépilly in 1914. During the battle of Ourcq, on September 7, 1914, the 2nd regiment of Zouaves was in front of Étrépilly. They were stopped in front of the cemetery where the Germans had entrenched themselves. During the assault, half of the workforce succumbed with its commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Dubujadoux. A Memorial monument erected in 1915, located in front of the cemetery. On the pediment of the monument, we can read these lines by Victor Hugo: “Glory to our eternal France, glory to those who died for her”. RIP You can see the St John the Baptist Church or Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

The small town of Étrépilly :

There you go folks , a bit more of me and my family in my belle France. For the memories, for eternity ,for the blog, and to share with the world. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I. And, again, thank you for reading me since November 2010 !!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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