In search of “old” Europe

Does “old” Florida still exist?

To a Belgian, everything in Florida appears rather “new.”

Above is a look at “old” Europe in the town of Lontzen where I happen to be staying.

It’s in the 1 percent of Belgium that speaks German as their mother tongue. Of course you can’t be a Belgian without speaking French or Dutch (or both), plus a little bit of English.

And don’t forget that “wild arm movements” are the universal language.

I’m working myself around the countryside with a combination of rudimentary French, usually accentuated with the above.

Here’s a look at it from the ground. This view gives a rather “urban” feel.

But just around back its country side as far as the eye can see.

The hill in the background is Germany (on the outskirts of Aachen).

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