We recently visited Clervaux, an amazing little town in the north of Luxembourg with -- what else? -- a beautiful castle, and a fantastic photography exhibit to boot.
Here's the castle:
Here's the American tank in front of the castle:
Bit of history: this is the tank that protected the castle from the Nazis. Unfortunately, it didn't defend it very effectively and the chateau was badly damaged. It has, however, been thoroughly restored.
The thoroughly puzzling tourist office sign:
The tourist office was closed or else I would've been compelled to go in and ask why on earth their sign was adorned by a witch on a broomstick. Any ideas??
The photo exhibit, The Family of Man by Edward Steichen, was phenomenal. Seriously, it was amazing. It's a collection of 503 photographs from 273 different photographers, representing life in the 1950s. The photos are arranged by themes (birth, childhood, work, music, etc.) and demonstrate how all mankind is one big family. You should go see it! I plan to go back -- without children. They were more interested in hiding behind the giant photographs than in appreciating their content. Go figure.
The kids were slightly more interested in another museum housed in the chateau -- miniature models of the best castles in Luxembourg. Kate thought they were adorable, and Will thought it was a good way to see a lot of castles without actually having to go there.
Clervaux also has a Battle of the Bulge Museum and a Toy Museum, but we skipped those. Don't ask me why we skipped the toy museum, I really don't remember. Maybe next time!