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We had a delicious breakfast before boarding the bus at 8 am. We drove to Bastogne to pick up Henri, our guide for the day. Henri pointed out a few important buildings in the town on our way to the Bastogne Barracks Museum. At the museum, our two veterans were each honored with a plaque. The museum has been collecting pictures of veterans that visit - they have a room where all of them are displayed. We saw a room set up like it was ...
... during WWI. The entire area was full of holes from the shells that were dropped on the area. The final stop was the Bayonet Trench Monument. Soldiers were in the trench, ready to charge with their bayonets attached to their guns when a shell hit the trench and buried them all alive. They were left as they were as a memorial. The area is now enclosed in a shelter.
After stopping for lunch we continued on to Luxembourg. We stopped at ...
... river bank, then the kids hired a couple of pedal go karts for an hour and raced around the park while I did some washing. Once this was finished we all went for a drive around the local area for a couple of hours, it is a farming area and was nice to be out in the open space again. We had dinner a the camping ground again, then Mandy came to catch up with us which was ...
... but we arrived back in Balen mid afternoon and went to the local pub for dinner...called De WaterKant ...its right on the canal and has a thatched roof and is quite nice. We had a chicken stir fry and frites .....way too much food. Then back to the house to pack. made sandwiches and fruit for the road tomorrow. Klaas built a nice fire before ...
Well we were up early and off for a drive.....first to Hasselt to the Jenever Museum which was very interesting ...... Lots of info about the distillation process and old advertising and the different kinds available.....even had a lemon kind at the end of the tour. We explored the old streets in the old town.....then went for coffee and Begium Waffles..Then we drove via Namur and Dinant along the Maas to a small hotel called Cap du Verte which is south towards ...