We were not sure what the weather was going to do but what the heck. We decided to start our day by visiting the small town of Clervaux to the north of Luxemburg. The town sits on the banks of the River Clerve and as you enter the town which sits in the river valley you get a view of a chateau, an impressive church and high on the hillside above the town an abbey.
Like most of Luxembourg’s town it is very low key in the tourist stakes. The chateau dates back to the 17th century but like most areas in northern Luxembourg experienced considerable damage during WWII. The chateau houses “The Family of Man” exhibit a collection of over 500 photographs compiled by Edward Steichen, a former director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Unfortunately we discovered they were doing renovation work and the exhibit was closed.
Never mind we had a wander through the town and the found the path up to the Abbey on the hill. We had a good cardiac work out going up the hill. Like the chateau there were renovations going on. Never mind we had a good walk. We returned down the hill and after lunch got on the road and enjoyed a scenic drive through the Luxembourg Ardennes at times very close to the German and Belgium borders.
We found two interesting monuments. On one hill just into Belgium we found a monument to the air crews of two British Lancaster bombers which had been shot down on the night of 12th-13th August 1944. The crews were a mixture of English, Canadian and New Zealanders and all died.
The second monument was a series of stones marking the signing of the treaty of Rome establishing the European Community in 1957 between the first countries. The monument sits on a corner of Belgium which has a border with Germany, Luxemburg and France.