leading onto the Battle of Tannay, Oches and Summauthe where the o rder to withdraw was given on the 11th June. Stonne became known as the Tank Cemetery. There is a signposted tour of 50 kms around Stonne with all the interesting information in English at the various sites and monuments. Not interested in 2nd World War history then take in visits to Abbé d'Orval where the Belgium Orval beer comes from. The small walled town of Mouzon or the towns of Verdun and CharlevilleMezieres are worth visiting. If you don't enjoy these minor 'D' road of France give up motorcycling. Go on, get off the beaten track. It has taken us nearly 30 years of touring Europe to realise what is virtually on our doorstep.
By heading for Buzancy as a central point there is a small hotel “Hotel Du Saumon”, double rooms 50-65 Euros, also a campsite 1500 meters from the village centre where you have a small supermarket, bakers and bar “Camping la Samaritane”, email@example.com. You can have a four night break here giving three full days to explore and enjoy the road and scenery. Michelin Regional Map 515 Champagne-Ardene is all you need, along with a motorcycle and a sense of adventure. The SAM Observer September 2012
The September 2012 edition of "The SAM Observer"