I got a wide range of responses. Xavier Rauscher, my French ami, suggested Strasbourg, in Alsace-Lorraine Province in France. Alsace-Lorraine, and particularly Verdun, has the scene of many battles between the French and the Germans, and, according to Barbara Tuchman, it was a land so beautiful it was worth fighting for.
Others, such as Xavier's British friend Aaron Ellis, suggested a trip to the east, through Athens. The British always like to go through Europe through Greece for some reason. One of the Panda Hat twins suggested I go to Krakow in Poland, while others suggested I go to Prague, others suggested Budapest, while the northern option--through Denmark and the Netherlands--remained a distinct option.
Thus, I was faced with quite a dilemma. From Germany, do I go East or West. Or even North. (Your typical German dilemma, it seems) Of course, one of my Twitter followers came up with the astute observation:
"If you really wanted to act like the Germans, you'd go both East and West"
True, true, but my BMW can only go so fast, and I already got "blitzed" by a hidden camera, so I might want to watch my speed in the near future. Thus, it's off to Alsace-Lorraine in France, to the battlefields near Verdun.