La Roche-en-Ardenne

We’d arrived last evening to a campground just outside the town of La Roche-en-Ardenne after the office had closed but a fellow had let us through the gate and told us to register in the morning.
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The campground is right on a very pretty river that has a large berm – meant to keep floods at bay – and it’s a nice walk along the top, with the odd bench here and there. The weather changed completely more than once throughout the morning – clouds, sun, rain – but always windy.
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Later in the afternoon we drove into the town – it’s very pretty, but I guess was almost completely rebuilt after WWII.
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There is more than one US tank on display, and a fairly large war museum, as well as the usual memorial.
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This area was heavily bombed by the Americans in the war to force the Germans to flee, and the town was a very important river crossing location during the Battle of the Bulge.
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Many of the roads in the city centre are pedestrian friendly so walking around was quite relaxing – there are sculptures and artwork all over the place.


We stopped at a nice cafe/bar near one of the squares for a drink and waiting for the rain to diminish a bit.
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As we passed the war museum the fellow was just about to take in the outside sign but waited a moment so I could take a photo of it. The town before the war in the top left corner and then the after – not much was left.
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But they did a great job rebuilding, and the place seems prosperous and busy enough even on a rainy day in April.
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