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... about 4-5 m and their gnarled and twisted branches form an umbrella which reaches down to the ground. The trees themselves are very rare, although there are about 1000 in the Verzy forest. They are a scientific enigma and their presence in the forest was mentioned in the 6th century. The other special thing about the forest was that we heard our first cuckoo. They really do sound like the cuckoos on cuckoo clocks! Verzy is also in the middle of the grape ...
... a number of small formerly-separate villages were blended into a greater Merzig in 1974; altogether the population is about 30,000.
The town has a few museums, historical sights and pretty parks. One of the main sights is St. Peter's (Catholic) church which has a "forked" cross seen in many German churches. The relatives probably attended here because the church was built in the 11th century, and the relatives didn't immigrate until the middle of ...
... night and presents quite a pretty sight as you enter the town.
Graufthal has two attractive, old churches, and we decided to visit them. Turns out the Protestant one was a shell and had been for some time. The floors were dirt and nothing, except a pipe organ, was left inside to signal that it was once a church. But the ex-church did house an exhibit on the cave houses with much interesting information about ...
... the village.
At last the tow truck arrived. The driver said he would take the car and a taxi would come for us. We said no to being left in the village with nowhere to wait except on the sidewalk. So after a phone consultation with Sixt, we hopped in the tow truck with the driver and took off to Sarreguemines, about 30 miles away. As we pulled away, I saw the study lady peering at us from her window. I waved at her.
Today we visited Philippsbourg, the reason we are here in this beautiful corner of France. After being ordered to Europe before his combat training was completed at Fort Leonard Wood, MIssouri, Orville Lawton arrived in France on December 15, 1944, just in time to be ordered to the Philippsbourg area to participate in Germany's last big push to re-take the Belgian ports and (in Hitler's unhinged mind) win the war. Germany was losing the Battle of Bulge, Patton's tanks ...
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