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Didier’s Place

In Bastogne, we stayed at Didier’s place.  It’s an old stone building place in the in Belgian cattle country.  Step outside and the “moos” resonate in morning air. Here were four of our young neighbors: Here is a view just around the corner from the house… Another airbnb win!

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Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge is the largest battle the United States Army has ever fought and it came darn close to losing it. At the time of the Battle of the Bulge, the Allies were still bringing the majority of their supplies in from Normandy by simply driving trucks …

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Cologne Cathedral After the Storm

The weather has been spectacular.  Cool in the evenings and no more than 70 degrees Fahrenheit or so in the afternoon.  Everyone once in a while in the late afternoon we will get a rain shower of varying magnitude.  We didn’t have our “good” cameras with us, just Jen’s Lumix …

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Cologne Zoo

Jen and I decided to visit the Cologne Zoo.  It’s a good zoo.  My only complaint is that they make plenty of room for the ducks, but the grizzly bear enclosure is way too small.  Other large animals have more space.

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Lodging in Cologne

Jen and I are big fans of airbnb.   We have yet to have a bad experience. In Cologne we chose a small apartment close to the center of the of the city.  Our hostess, Katerina, was very helpful in getting us pointed in the right direction.  We were within walking …

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A Visit to Cochem

We visited the small town of Cochem, the same day we visited Thür.  Cochem is a small town on the Moselle River, about 30 miles from it’s confluence with the Rhine in Koblenz.  We had hoped to get a tour of a German winery there, but alas, the German winery …

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Cologne Street Scenes

Cologne struck Jen and I as a very livable mid-sized city, as everyone was polite and friendly.  The only thing that took some getting used to was riding bikes on sidewalks at high rates of speeds! These are a few images of some of the the things we saw.  

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Ice Hockey

During our stay in Cologne, we ran into the International Ice Hockey World Championship.  I’m not sure if this guy lost a bet or if it is SOP for Club hazing, but he was attracting a lot of attention.  His friends were not too pleased with me taking a photograph. …

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Thür?

What is a Thür, and why should you care? Well you probably shouldn’t. One of my goals for this trip to Europe is touching base with my Grandfather’s participation in The Great War, World War I. After the Armistice, the “draftee” portions of the US Army, The National Army and …

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