So, after seeing that incredible, painted church in Eschfeld, Germany (last post), we drove 9 miles (15 km) to Clervaux, Luxembourg. It was the last day of our long weekend and we just wanted to see some highlights on our way home.
In those 9 miles we drove through the forest and open fields, like the rest of the trip.
We always set the Tom-Tom to the back roads so that we can see the real countryside.
You know how much I love to catch the churches...and the weathervanes!
As we drove into Clervaux, there she sat: the Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, from 1910.
Can you imagine that as the parish church for a town of 2000 inhabitants?
You can imagine the thrill of anticipation after getting out of the car and walking up to it.
Once inside, it was actually much plainer than we expected.
Is that possible?
But then...it's only 100 years old!
See how spoiled we've become by the centuries of art attached to the huge, old cathedrals!
As we walked out of the church, straight ahead of us stood the nearby Clervaux Castle from the 12th century:
Because the sun was shining on the front of the church, we first saw the castle in shadow.
But as we walked around it, it, too, caught the sun on such a gorgeous day.
It stands 365 meters (approx. 1200 ft), overlooking the town.
It was destroyed by fire in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII,
but has been completly rebuilt.
Speaking of WWII, there's a war museum there full of wartime memorabilia.
The only piece I took a picture of was the WHY? poster.
WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY????? A gazillion WHYs.
Outside in the courtyard stands this US Sherman tank.
Did you know that the German tanks had more destructive power
but these Sherman tanks were so much faster, they somehow were able to elude the Germans.
Still, there was much loss of life, including the Americans.
Everywhere you go in Europe where these war memorials exist,
the Americans are thanked profusely. It's actually very touching.
Did I tell you it was HOT HOT HOT? The hottest day of our summer to date at 30 ºC (86º F).
So we really splurged! Normally we're satisfied with one scoop of ice cream on a cone.
But not that day. As Astrid says, I'm making a beer drinker of her. HA!
The thing is, how can you live in Europe and NOT drink beer, especially on a hot day!
Did you know that beer glasses match the beer you're drinking? Yup.
Bofferding beer from Luxembourg since 1764!
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Switch gears now till my next Luxembourg post to catch up on my newest Vision and Verb about Dutch idioms:
"It's like an angel peeing on my tongue!"
If that doesn't pique your curiosity, what will?!