We couldn't talk to him, but we could watch the speed. That was interesting! It was tough to get good photos from the windows though.
We arrived at mid-day in Cologne, Germany, where our younger daughter spent a quarter studying in 1992. Her host mother then has become a good friend and she met us at der Dom exit from the train station.
It's so hard to photograph because it's so huge!
No trip to Cologne is complete without going up all those stairs and inside der Dom.
We were lucky to happen upon a concert given by a choir from the Netherlands.
Behind the main altar is the shrine of the Three Kings who are buried here
The reflection on this altar is from the new and controversial modern stained glass window. It was nearly impossible to photograph, but the reflection was cast everywhere, even on the pillar.
The magnificence of the European cathedrals never fails to amaze me and causes me to reflect. And to think they were made without modern machinery also!
Our day ended with a pleasant walk along the Rhine River followed by a wonderfully relaxing meal that included pumpkin soup.
The next day Monika and her sister, Ulla, took us on a car trip to Aachen, which is near the border between Germany and the Netherlands.
It is also where Charlemagne is buried. This is the city hall.
Can you imagine riding in this little car? It makes a Smart car look roomy!
Charlemagne or Karl der Grosse as he's known in Germany is buried in this church.
We took time out from sight-seeing to have a yummy snack.
And then we found this fun statue.
And this one.
The next day we had fun chatting with Sebastian, Monika's younger son, who stayed with us for a week when he was only 16.
That evening we went with Monika to Cologne's Old Town to celebrate her birthday.
On the way to our restaurant on the Rhine, we passed Catherine's favorite pizza spot, Pinocchio, where she learned to like Spinat (spinach) pizza. Then all too soon, it was time to say "auf wiedersehen" and head to Leipzig. More on that later.
Off to Berlin