From: My Mother, although my Father had some small part.
I did the whole stretch earlier this year. The section you mentioned was what could absolutely be described in AE terms as "Wooded-Rough"...
Oh yes absolutely! When I made the trip I was still in good shape after leaving the Army, but at the end of the first day I was pretty spent, cursing my backpack and wondering if I would have the force to continue. But then I remembered what I have read in the travel guide which had given me the idea to do the West Highland Way - that the southern stretch along Loch Lomond is the hardest and that may people "throw the towel" on the first day, but that it gets easier afterwards - which is true. I have had good luck with the weather, sunshine all the time. I have made a small detour to climb Ben Lomond and enjoyed a great view all around - back down the locals told me how lucky I have been because the summit is covered in clouds something like 360 days per year. At Tyndrum I left the trail to go west to the coast, slept in the ruins of Kilchurn Castle - hiding from the guardian who locks the entrance each evening, bright idea because he didn't show up next morning to open again so I had to climb down the wall to get out - then on to Inveraray to visit the "Combined Operations Museum" on the WW2 Commandos training site - the museum has closed shortly thereafter - then circling back to the East up and down the Glens and the appropriately named "Rest and be thankful" viewpoint at the top of the pass and back to Loch Lomond and the bus to the airport. Best hiking trip I have ever made, very tired at the end but the scenery was well worth it!
The French make some pretty good cognac, especially in Normandy.
Cognac made in Normandy?!? Oh mon dieu!
Careful, don't let the people from Cognac hear that - nor a true Norman. The French are very attached to their regional specialities - which are heavily protected by trademarks.
Cognac is a brandy made exclusively from vineyards around the city of Cognac north of Bordeaux. Normandy is known for excellent ciders and the famous fruit brandy called Calvados.
From my place near Paris I can reach Normandy by car in 2 hours, and I fetch my cider and Calvados directly from a small independent producer who runs his own orchard, juicer and storage in the middle of nowhere east of Caen. A mobile distillery - a kind of legalized moonshiner - is setting up on his farm once a year when the fermentation of the apple juice is just right.
If you wonder why the Germans have tried to conquer France on two occasions in the last century, think Cognac, Calvados, Champagne, Clairet to name just the best-known. And then there is the food . In Germany we have the expression "Leben wie Gott in Frankreich" - literally "Living like God in France" - the English equivalent would be "to live the life of Riley". I have left Germany 16 years ago and I'm not planning to go back.
Okay okay I'm ranting on and on - it's the fault of IdahoNYer, who still keeps me waiting for the first turn of our rematch!
But Germany has Asbach, among other things.
Changing the subject, were you celebrating 31 years ago because of what happened?
Seek peace but keep your gun handy.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
“Illegitemus non carborundum est (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).”
― Julia Child