Not far from where I was living in the Netherlands was the town of Doenrade. Just outside of the town was the old nobleman’s castle. At the time I took this shot of the front entrance, the thing was up for sale. I believe it’s a restaurant now, maybe with rooms. On the backside of the property was an active farm with a separate house on the same coutyard.
Speaking of castles, I was never able to identify which one this second shot shows. All I know is that I saw on a march around Echt, a substantial town on the Maas River between Maastricht and Roermond.
The US Military Cemetery at Henri-Chapelle in Belgium was just over the southern border of the South Limburgs Region of the Netherlands where I lived. I rode my bike to this memorial a couple of times during my tour there. This one has no full time resident watching over it, but it was covered by the guys who were at Margraten in the Netherlands, which wasn’t that far away.
This little jewel stands in Crupet, Belgium. It’s up in the hills above the Meuse between Namur and Dinant. Because I loved hiking that region so much, I recall seeing this thing about three different times. It’s one of the best preserved moat castles in the region.
Here is the AFCENT Military Marching Team taking a break somewhere east of Viborg, Denmark. This was another of those international military marches we took every year while the team existed. This farmer allowed our team to set up a break area on his courtyard next to his grain silos. We made this march two years in a row and ran into some of the same folks we met the first time. I was the waterboy for all of these events, but I got a better bike for the second year.