Left Montbard with no idea where to go other than north. Took the D980 towards Châtillon-sur-Seine. In comparison to yesterday’s trip up through Burgandy, this is a bleak and desolate land, with the towns much less picturesque and the vines replaced with cabbages and turnips. From Châtillon-sur-Seine we took the D971, which took us into Champagne county with the agriculture and villages becoming more interesting.
On joining the motorway just south of Troyes we headed north and eventually noticed we were not that far from Péronne, where we stayed at a couple of times some years ago, but where it always rained. There are shops in Péronne, an interesting museum, some public transport, and La Somme to walk along should we get some sun, so decided on a return visit for a few days to recover from this longish journey.
Turns out it has been five years since we were last here, and finally it has stopped raining. However, it is pretty cold.
Revisited the Museum of the Great War here, for the first time in six or seven years. Similar exhibits, but more information including topics on the lead up to and aftermath of the conflict. Also, there are developing touch screens all over the place, but much of the information there is a duplication of what is already written on the walls. The audio-visual presentation of life on the front was still in French at this time, but we were told will soon be in English as well.