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Old 06-17-2009, 07:34 PM   #16
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When I got back to the house, dinner was soon coming. I cannot say enough of how well Thorsten’s mother took care of me. She is such a wonderful lady, and the funny thing is she spoke no English, and I no German, but somehow we always manage to understand each other well.

Tonight they made me flame cakes, or flammkuchen, which I was reminded is not a pizza, but a specialty of the Alsace region of France known in France as the tarte flambée.

Kathrin had a vegetarian version of the same....


This was followed by generous portions of German pancakes, to be covered in sugar and cinnamon.







All of this was blended with some of the local wine, and I ate till I could eat no more.


Here's the pancake recipe for ya......

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Old 06-17-2009, 08:02 PM   #17
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Friday morning was bright and sunshiny, so after a little of this......







Mr. Nike had his breakfast too....


I started Friday morning with a walk around the village before I headed out on the bike for the day, so here are some pics of the place.

























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Old 06-17-2009, 11:43 PM   #18
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:01 AM   #19
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Looking forward to another great trip

My mother is from this region and I know it well. Your photos and commentary do it justice.
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:10 AM   #20
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When it was time to head out for the day, I was not sure where I wanted to go, but I thought I would start out with a little bunker hunting on the crest of the hill over the village.

I started by climbing up through the vineyards to the road on the top of the hill.








Back during World War II., there were extensive anti-aircraft batteries on the high ground above the village. Years ago when Thorsten and I first met, we used to go up to these gun emplacements and operate our amateur radios from up there. We used to just drive right into them with our cars and set up right where the gun was, but they have in recent years become more overgrown, so it would take a little hunting to even find them. I took a dirt road first, to get close, then parked the bike and started looking around for it....










It's hard to imagine that in such a beautiful place as this......... all the action that went on at this very spot.



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Old 06-18-2009, 07:19 AM   #21
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:24 AM   #22
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I then decided I would go to Clervaux over in Luxembourg, so off I went down some back roads, a short stint of Autobahn and then onto the back roads again. I eventually arrived at Dasburg, and this would be the area where I would cross over the River Our to get into Luxembourg. These roads were some of the most beautiful winding roads that I have ever ridden on. Absolutely spectacular. So here is Dasburg, and the Our River crossing into Luxembourg......














Wow, Bastogne is so close.....should go there too.....



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Old 06-18-2009, 07:44 AM   #23
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When I got into Clervaux, I had not been here in probably 15 years, the place looked smaller than I remembered. Maybe I had just been in the big city for too long. I parked in the main lot and then headed down to the statue of the American soldier,














and then headed up the main walking area







and then up to the castle.






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Old 06-18-2009, 07:59 AM   #24
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In the courtyard of the castle was a great Sherman Tank, and Freddie could not resist a photo on it.









I should have brought the bike up for a pic with it too, but there would be more to come I thought to myself.....
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:25 AM   #25
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This is fantastic! Can't wait to see more.
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Right next to the Sherman was a Pak 43/ 41, something I may have only seen once before. Not in such good condition, but great to look at.









I then headed up to the castle entrance to hit the small military history museum inside.




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Simply fantastic photos.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:14 PM   #28
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There were lots of weapons......




My favorite pistol...I have one of these at home.....


And other interesting things......















Next I would be off to Bastogne and Foy.....
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:34 PM   #29
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* looking at maps *
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:22 PM   #30
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Can't wait to see Bastone. Was there in 1995 for the 50th.
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