Our Mini Reunion (Part 3 of 3)

Day 6 we visited Cologne, Germany’s 4th largest city, with a guided walking tour of the old city. Cologne Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, and took 632 years to build (from AD 1248 to 1880).

Cologne Cathedral's twin spires.

Cologne Cathedral’s twin spires.

The better half of our classmates.

The better half of our classmates.

The original 4711 Cologne maker.

The original 4711 Cologne maker.

Cologne's traffic-free shopping district.

Cologne’s traffic-free shopping district.

Back to being a freshman again.

Back to being a freshman again.

Day 7 we traveled to Kinderdijk, the Netherlands and visited a working windmill. When we crossed the dike from the ship to the windmills, the land was in fact below sea level and reclaimed from the sea. The primary purpose of the windmills was to pump out the sea water. Only later were they replaced by diesel and electric pumping stations.

Big shoes to fill.

Big shoes to fill.

With our team-leader who organized the reunion.

With our team-leader who organized the reunion.

One of 19 windmills in the area.

One of 19 windmills in the area.

Beautiful sunset background.

Beautiful sunset background.

Big kids - those were the days!

Big kids – those were the days!

Looking back, the trip was very memorable not so much for the places visited, but because of the company, friends we’ve known for nearly half a century. We look forward to the next one, as opportunities become fewer and fewer as time goes by. In the end, what we miss are the people. Treasure them while you can.

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