Pink Fuzzies about the trip to Europe. Isn't this dude great? I assume he must be Bavarian (since we were in Bavaria, so I'm taking a wild guess). I don't know much about the history of the area (except what I got from reading 1632, a fabulous book, by the way). This guy might be the model for a hero to write about some day. He's obviously plenty strong and brave, and he's just plain different from your standard modern cool-looking dude. :~)
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