EUROPE: Migration of the Hairy Legs

As the hot summer sun beat down on Europe last week, there was the perceptible rumbling of Germans on the move. By car, canoe, and kayak, the advance guard of 1.2 million German campers in Lederhosen and halters swarmed all over Europe in an annual migration that has made the German camper Europe's most ubiquitous tourist and unseated the camera-toting American as the most unwelcome guest. Said a Cologne industrialist at his campsite: "I look upon camping as a denial of the materialism that has sprung up in Germany. Outdoors we can turn our backs on our material gains...

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