When we first arrived in Kandern, Germany, we were impressed by its beauty. Nestled among the forested hills we saw well-preserved buildings bursting with history, flowers cascading from window boxes and neat, clean sidewalks and streets. Two rivers that converge in the village gurgled placidly alongside the streets and sidewalks. The river banks were thick with large trees that reached toward each other across the river. It was charming, peaceful and serene.