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With May fast approaching, we have a longer list of walks to choose from this weekend. Next week’s list looks even longer, so it appears that walking season has officially opened. The weather is getting warmer, so let’s get out there and see more of Europe!
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This Saturday is the Kiddies Volksmarch at Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg, Germany. Sponsored by the Heidelberg International Wandering Club, the event is geared toward children 12 and younger. There is no entrance fee, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The route is 5 kilometers and each child will receive a medal and certificate for completing it. The start is at the library parking lot between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Rob Floyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We did not receive a flier for the walk in Hohenfels this weekend, but this is usually a big walk, so we listed the information from the IVV events book. The distances, start location and the award are not given in the book, so we based some information on last year’s walk. The distances are the usual for most walks in Germany. The start hall was at the Kulturzentrum–Keltensaal last year, so it might be there again this year.
In the past, the walk has been held in conjunction with the German-American Volksfest at the American base. It has always sounded like a big, fun-filled event. We certainly hope this is a busy walking weekend and that we just didn’t get a flier. If there is a reader in the Hohenfels area who could send fliers, we’d certainly appreciate it.
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Even though there is no Volksmarch in the area, we will be doing a lot of walking at the Ciney, Belgium, military show on Sunday. There will be more than 400 vendors and four kilometers of tables of every kind of military equipment imaginable. No matter what era of military history grabs your interest, there will be something there for you.
We plan to be there when it opens and then maybe hit the walk in Berg en Terblijt, Netherlands, on the way home.
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Miscellaneous notes about this week’s volksmarch events:
• Sunday’s walk in Larochette, Luxembourg, is close to the excellent military museum in Diekirch. Now that April has arrived, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Visit www.nat-military-museum.lu for more information. There is a lot of construction around the museum and parking is tight, but there is usually parking space at the church about 250 meters away.
• For another military-history-related walk, you can wander the countryside around Longvilly, Belgium, and then visit the town of Bastogne with its many museums and restaurants.
• The Volksmarch in Ketsch is convenient for walkers in the Heidelberg area.
• Saturday, April 25th, is Italian Independence Day, so there are lots of walks going on in Italy.
E-mail volksmarch information for inclusion in this column at email@example.com. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09752.