Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
29Trip End Oct 06, 2007
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I am looking forward to a good sleep. Sorry, there are for this and the last entry. It was getting darker after Vianden, and although it was a beautiful drive, none of my pictures turned out well enough to post. But this was a pretty amazing day. It helped me realize the difference is scale between Canada and Europe. We travelled through 5 countries in one day without even trying. We woke up in Luxembourg, ate breakfast, drove through the old town then parked and explored it on foot, ate lunch and wandered around ring roads for over an hour, including a side trip to France, drove north to Viandan and spent a couple hours touring a castle, then travelled across eastern Belgium and cut through Germany and into Heerlen in the Netherlands. A day packed with sights and experiences and it didn't even take any effort.
I just looked it up: All of Benelux together is about 1/10 the land area of Alberta. Their land area is 66,747 square km; Alberta's is 642,317 square km. No wonder it seemed quick to traverse. On the other hand, the combined population of those three countries is around 27.5 million compared to our population of about 3.3 million. They have about one tenth our land area and ten times the population.....so their population density is nearly 100 times what it is here -- and correspondingly, features and attractions are far more densely packed there. You can see a lot more a lot faster.