Trivia question: What was the first German town captured by the Allies in World War II?
Answer: Rötgen, a border town with Belgium.
If you were to read the chapters of this travelogue in sequence, this is the one. It tells the story of the first line of German defenses, much of which are still visible across the western border. It also tells the story of towns like Rötgen that dotted the countryside -- open farming towns interspersed with deep valley industrial towns.
The town of Kornelimuenster was next. Kornelimuenster was among the most beautiful towns we drove through -- a densely packed concrete village along a tight river gorge. An old monastery sat atop the hill and
We followed the road up the hill to a famous Roman ruin site, shown in the fourth photograph. Clearly the ruins were not 'original', they were renovated in some fashion, but the layout was original. The site was a temple to the Roman gods
Trip taken 14-17 December 2004 -- Page last updated 01 September 2006 -- (C) 2005 Tom Galvin