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Old 06-23-2009, 10:08 AM   #76
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Our next stop was Vossenack, a place suggested by Thorsten’s father. They had a very nice military cemetery there, and it is the burial site for Field Marshall Walter Model. He shot himself rather than surrender. He had been buried where he fell, in the village of Ratingen, but his son, guided to the spot by Models former officers, recovered the body and it was moved to Vossenack in 1955.
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:27 AM   #77
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We next moved through the village of Einruhr, where Thorsten’s father grew up, and we took some pics with the lake in the background. Absolutely great winding roads filled with many bikers in this area. We were in the Eifel National Park, and it was beautiful.







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Old 06-23-2009, 04:50 PM   #78
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It's a D 60, and I just set on the tripod using auto exposure time and using the timer so I would not have to touch the camera when it fired....and I am not using the largest size photos, but medium size. Camera does a really great job, although I want to get more lenses. Right now I have the 18-55 VR and the 55-200. I am still learning how to use it's features, so no special tricks were done. Most of them I was just holding it as steady as I could and letting it do it's thing. Only the longer exposurers were on the tripod.
I have the D40, and I agree. They take great shots. A couple of friends of mine and I went out to a park just to take pictures, and my $500 Nikon was better than their Canon at better than twice the price.

I have those two lenses too, and for me, they seem to do the trick. I've purchased a polarizing filter, and that seems to help when shooting in direct sunlight. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than a new lens!
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Brilliant trip! The pictures are phenominal! Thank you for taking us on your journey!

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I have the D40, and I agree. They take great shots. A couple of friends of mine and I went out to a park just to take pictures, and my $500 Nikon was better than their Canon at better than twice the price.

I have those two lenses too, and for me, they seem to do the trick. I've purchased a polarizing filter, and that seems to help when shooting in direct sunlight. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than a new lens!

Now the question will be if the Nikon can survive my machine gun style of photography. When it finally does implode, I will most likely get another Nikon though, because this one gives me what I want. Many people tell me I should have bought the Canon, but for what I paid I am very happy with what this one does.
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Brilliant trip! The pictures are phenominal! Thank you for taking us on your journey!

Stick around then if you like it, because I am just getting started. Thanks for commenting on the report.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:57 AM   #82
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I'm sticking around too!

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Old 06-24-2009, 09:30 AM   #83
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Burg Vogelsang was built as a complex to house and train the future leaders of Nazi Germany between 1936 and 1939. Hitler had stated in a speech in 1933 that new schools be created to train the future leaders of the Nazi Party, and Vogelsang is one of the results of it. This place had over 2,000 beds and one of the largest sports complexes in all of Europe. They even built an airfield nearby to train pilots.

Construction improvements stopped at the outbreak of war.

During the war it was used to billet troops and even as a training facility for the Hitler Youth in 1944.

At the end of the war, it was occupied by the British, and then the Belgian Armies. All of the swastikas were removed from the building by them and they used the facility was used as a military training ground by the Belgian Army from 1946 till 2006.
Since the Belgians left in 2006, it has now been opened to the public, and we can now view this, one of the largest architectural relics of Nazi Germany.

























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More of Vogelsang.....































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Great report, keep it comin'!
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Excellent report. Stone masonry buildings always impress me. What are the concrete ramps for?
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Excellent report. Stone masonry buildings always impress me. What are the concrete ramps for?
I was wondering that myself.
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Excellent report. Stone masonry buildings always impress me. What are the concrete ramps for?
I believe they were used to put tanks on to give them a better field of fire so they could better be used as artillery pieces.


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Great report, keep it comin'!
Glad you are enjoying it...will try to have some more in this evening....
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Burg Vogelsang was built as a complex to house and train the future leaders of Nazi Germany between 1936 and 1939.


What are all the 'hooks' set in the roof tiles?

And thanks re the concrete ramps, i though they have been for artillery pieces but tanks make more sense.

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