Auf wiedersehen

Today was our last day in Germany. We visited Cochem castle first thing. Like many on the Rhine it was built in the 11th century and then destroyed in the 1600s by Louis XIV’s troops. However, this one was rebuilt by Louis Ravené – a German of Hugenot roots originally expelled from France by Louis’ Dad and his trusty side-kick Richelieu.

Leaving Germany, we set off for France via Luxembourg – because it was the shortest route and we might as well add another country to our tally. We found a reason to go there – diesel was less than 1 euro per litre. It’s a long time since we’ve seen the litres counter climb more quickly than the price.

However, their roads were confusing. At one point when we were trying to find the right exit to Verdun we had no idea whether we were in Luxembourg, France or Belgium. It was raining heavily, so that didn’t help our navigation particularly. However, we are now in Verdun and plan to look at the battlefield tomorrow.


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