The purpose of our trip was to visit WWI sites with American involvement. You can also see our review of visiting Verdun with Ingrid Ferrand as guide (she's wonderful). It's important, we believe, to read some history ahead of time to fully appreciate the site....More
I would suggest renting a car and driver. You can take the train to Chateau-Thierry and have a car pick you up there. If you are brave enough, you can rent a car there instead but I am not comfortable driving in foreign... More
I would suggest renting a car and driver. You can take the train to Chateau-Thierry and have a car pick you up there. If you are brave enough, you can rent a car there instead but I am not comfortable driving in foreign countries, even Mexico! We rented a car with a driver from Paris but he ended up getting lost. We got an amazing tour of the countryside and he did not charge us extra! I think it is well worth the trouble. It was an amazing experience. There is a small town of Marney which has a little museum which is right next to the property that has the fountain for the Devil Dogs. You can get the key from the museum but only US Marines are allowed to visit the fountain. As a mom, I was allowed but was not to drink from it. The memorial is just outside of Marney and is beautiful. If you can, go early in the morning. There is a staff there that is paid by the American government and they love to host Marines. They can give you directions to the battlefield which is about 2-3 miles away. That is also amazing. You can see the foxholes, the craters from the bombs, the fields the Marines had to cross. It is honestly one of the most beautiful memories I have with my son. I highly suggest it. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. No one is Paris was really aware of this place and it took some digging to get there but so worth it.