We discovered the French city of Bitche (pronounced ‘Beech’) as we were on our way to Strasbourg, France one drizzly day.
As we were approaching the city limits, we saw a large fortress (Citadel) way off in the distance. As we got closer, we found an interesting spot rich in history.
We had a nice view of the Citadel on the hilltop as we entered the town of Bitche, just 20 miles inside the French border from Germany.
The size is deceiving – from here, it’s almost 2 miles away.
This nice lady was at the booth outside the Citadel. It looks like the sign should translate into “Pay the Lady!”, but “pays” (pronounced ‘pie’) means ‘region’.
We are in “The Region of Bitche”. It’s an information booth.
As we approached the entrance to the Citadel, its immense size became apparent.
Spencer is checking out one of the moats and immense walls with Beth and Mrs. Hinesly, a
friend we met on our trip to Italy in June 2001.
A view of Bitche from the walls of the Citadel.
The cannons had a pretty good shot at anyone approaching the Citadel from any direction.
We traveled under the Citadel to the areas where people lived during the battles.
This underground pump provided fresh water to the people living underground.
Back above ground, we passed this water fountain that is now a flower pot.
How would you like this in front of your house?
I think the neighbors would talk!
As we left, I turned for one last look at the entrance.