With mixed emotions, we were soon on a bus heading across France to catch our boat in Trier, Germany. We were sad to leave Paris after such a short visit, but anxious to continue our journey.
We saw lots of rolling countryside and we commented that everything was so green! And I don't think that was just because we live in the desert.
On the way we stopped in Luxembourg. All the tour guides were locals and the one in Luxembourg had a marvelous sense of humor. Most of our tour mates were from the U.S. The guide instructed us on the source of our country's problems. When America was settled, they started growing tobacco and everybody smoked. We won our independence and two World Wars. Everything was going well. Then in the 70's Americans quit smoking. And there you have it. Things have been going downhill ever since.
I think I remember this building held the government offices.
And was guarded by what he described as 1/10 of the military.
We also visited the American Cemetery and Memorial honoring Americans who lost their lives during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
It was an emotional experience for us all. Over 5000 American military casualties are buried there.
Although General Patton didn't die during that battle, he is also buried here.