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Travel Blogs from Urspelt
... bombing raids resulted in the town being liberated once more in January 1945, but left much of the town destroyed, and 116 residents dead. The Scottish Black Watch soldiers were here, with the Americans. The boys were fascinated by the Enigma code machine, and the flame thrower... On the road home, we saw a pretty little deer - frightened, it ran in our lights long enough for everyone in the car to see it. Home to Jonathan and Drama, for some fantastic pea and ham ...
... out for a walk. There was a problem with the water at the Mill, as the water had stopped running that morning. Poor Miranda and Jonathan had to convince a repairman to come out on Christmas Day! The water supply is from a well, using new fancy UV system to purify the water from the acquifier... This also had the effect of delaying Jonathan getting started on smoking and cooking the ham for lunch... We walked to see ...
On Christmas Eve, we decided to explore the town of Saint Vith a little. It was bitterly cold (but at 2 degrees, still too warm to snow!). We wandered along the main street, exploring the little shops (buying a few extras for under the tree) and looking at the photo boards showing St Vith before and after December 25, 1944 - basically, nothing was left! We then took it easy around the Mill for the afternoon, ...
... we get home.
We have done our 23 countries in this order:
France (just passing through)
Bosnia (very briefly)
And then revisited Germany, Belgium & France ...
... and into the tunnel. Once we were safely inside, the enclosed area was more extensive than I imagined.
Most of the castle compound is crumbled and ruins, but one section has been restored. Within this area is the well, which is quite deep. I wasn't able to verify this, but Karin thinks it is the deepest well in Europe. Whether this is true or not, it is quite impressive. It has been glassed over ...