Our Mini Reunion (Part 1 of 3)

Recently we went on a Rhine river cruise with several of our McGill classmates. It was 46 years ago we entered first year university together. How time flies! Some have retired. Others have become grand parents. But we relived our time as young adults without a care in the world. We thoroughly enjoyed our mini-reunion and looked forward to the next one. The Lord is good! Bless His holy name!

We boarded the ship at Basel, Switzerland, and travelled north downstream to Amsterdam, the Nederlands where we flew home.

We boarded the ship at Basel, Switzerland, and travelled north downstream to Amsterdam, the Nederlands where we flew home.

The Rhine forms a natural border between Germany on the east and France on the west. Day 2 we disembarked in Breisach, Germany and went to Black Forest, setting for many legends and fairy tales. In the afternoon we crossed a bridge and went to Colmar, France, an Alsace town.

Entering the Black Forest, so called because the tall pine/spruce trees and the fog shut out much of the sun. The stream is rich in iron and brownish.

Entering the Black Forest, so called because the tall pine/spruce trees and the fog shut out much of the sun. The stream is rich in iron and brownish.

Black Forest is famous for cuckoo clocks ...

Black Forest is famous for cuckoo clocks …

and of course Black Forest cake. The secret is in the cream.

and of course Black Forest cake. The secret is in the cream.

Colmar, capital of the Alsatian wine.

Colmar, capital of the Alsatian wine.

Toilettes cost half a euro per visit. Make sure you have change when you travel in Europe.

Toilettes cost half a euro per visit. Make sure you have change when you travel in Europe.

On Day 3 we docked in Kehl (Germany) and the tour bus took us to Strasbourg (France), seat of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, with its European Court of Human Rights. We had a walking tour of Petite France, culminating at Strasbourg Cathedral.

Petite France with canals and half-timbered houses.

Petite France with canals and half-timbered houses.

Strasbourg Cathedral, with very nicely preserved Gothic architecture.

Strasbourg Cathedral, with very nicely preserved Gothic architecture.

Museum of Decorative Arts, a former bishop's palace. Bishops shouldn't live in palaces!

Museum of Decorative Arts, a former bishop’s palace. Bishops shouldn’t live in palaces!

(To be continued)

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