When we left Baden-Baden and drove through the country side of Germany to Luxembourg via a stop in Trier, we had no idea how beautiful the agricultural areas were. A young man in Amsterdam (actually at the Hemp, Hashish, and Marijuana College- I had to go in and see if the place was for real or not and it is- OMG) asked about our travel itinerary and when he found out we were driving through Luxembourg/ Belgium, he informed us that one of the two countries had pink cows. Well, he was wrong. We kept looking for pink cows and never found any. It occurred to us that maybe he had been partaking of some of the various herbs the college he worked at educated people on. Funny dude, huh? I know there shouldn’t be pink cows but what if a white cow had a sheen to it that made it appear to have a pinkish hue? Anything is possible…

The cows are beautiful- quite stocky, muscular, and well fed. Not pink. The horses are stunning, and the sheep look like little chunky piglets. And the corn fields go on forever. Every farm and little town we drove through is immaculately cared for without any of the junkiness we see at home. Nothing here has the disposable feel, everything is well built and intended to last forever. Not a single trailer house or mobile home to be found. Vegetable gardens are growing happily and the flowers that we only see in certain seasons at home are abundant. Everything is neat and has its place. Everywhere.

As you read in a previous posting I drove us into Vianden and was fine until we reached about halfway up the tiny town where the streets became so narrow and steep that we decided Kris needed to take over. We found the Hotel Heintz, checked in, and then had to deal with finding parking. In most everywhere we have been so far parking is an issue. Eventually we found a spot up the mountain and walked back down to the hotel which is probably one of the prettiest hotels I’ve ever stayed in. I think the owner said it had formerly been where the nuns lived. Sounds right as it is next to the biggest church in the town.

We explored some of the town that afternoon, had a nice dinner, and went to bed fairly early so we could tour the castle the next morning before we left for Maastricht, NL. The breakfast spread at Hotel Heintz was spectacular as was the small tour the owner gave us of the hotel before all of the other guests awoke. I wish I were a better photographer to do justice to everything that we have seen this trip but I am not. Occasionally I snap the pictures at a bit of a lop-sided angle because that is just how I am. Slightly off, I suppose. Just bear with me and use your imagination or better yet, think about coming to visit all these incredible places yourself one day!

                

                                                 

                        

There are a lot more pictures of lovely Vianden but I think you get the idea. The history lesson will have to wait also because I am supposed to be packing today as we leave for Karlsruhe, Germany in the morning. I will come back to the posts and add information in to each picture when we get back to the states for those of you that are interested but for now I have to run. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Till next time,

Karen Raye