But why don’t we make a couple of stops first?
Since we were driving down and had no real schedule or hurry to get there, we decided to stop in Bastogne and check out the war sites. There was a very important battle there during World War II. You can read about it here (or watch Band of Brothers like I did).
It’s a small town with a lively center, war museums, monuments and woods dedicated to those who died there. The woods were a nice place for a peaceful picnic, although I thought a lot about all the fighting and dying going on in that forest not so long ago. Madness. I hate wars.
Then we went for a free guided visit of the Barracks where the American Headquarters were. It’s a two-hour tour, which is worth it if you really love history. Our guide spoke English and French and I understood very little of it all – he spoke fast and it was like he stressed all the wrong syllables. He was proud of having met the veterans: “He put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘If you have another war, I’ll come and fight for you again’.”