You picked a bad time to leave me Lucille.

Trip Start May 02, 2010
Trip End Aug 10, 2011

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Flag of Netherlands  , Limburg,
Monday, September 20, 2010

Day tripping this weekend: Saturday we went to Fort Eban-emael near the Belgian/Netherlands border where the Belgian army had constructed a fort in WWII time, planning to thwart German advances. The underground bunkers are extensive, all connected with tunnels and really something to see.  Unfortunately, their efforts were intended for trench warfare like in WW1, but the Germans surprised them and dropped paratroops in there and took over the place.
The actual tour wasn't available this weekend so we just did our own thing which is  wander throughout the fields/forest. Dave has done his research of course so I had my own personal tour guide.
Later we went into  Valkenburg, the quintessential Dutch town, and explored the ruins of an ancient castle which is right in town. It was very well explained, in English too. If anyone comes to visit, we'll take you to Valkenburg for sure.
Another place we'll take you is a nearby town called Viersen, which is where we ended up on Sunday. Sundays here are dead quiet, no work, no shopping..even many restaurants etc are closed, so we wandered the Centrum , checked out the shops (for future reference), and decided this is a great little place to come. The stores are not the designer stores, and not overly touristy and the cafes etc. are reasonably priced. We had a great burger at Cafe Expressblatt.
Prior to Viersen we had a sad experience as Lucille (our GPS) died in a terrible accident. Dave was quite upset and displayed a range of emotions. I took over Lucille's role and navigated us home, which only took about two hours compared to the half hour it should have taken.  Lucille will be replaced but not forgotten.
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You will have to hit the Christmas market in Valkenberg at the beginning of December. The tunnels are filled with Christmas vendors of all sorts. Koln, Acken and Duesseldorf have famous Christmas markets as well.

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