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Day 8: Amsterdam, Part 1 (Tuesday, March 26)

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We slept in again and took our time with breakfast in the apartment. We had picked up a few things in the grocery store last night – that’s a whole other story! – and it was nice to not eat out for a change. We were out by 11am and back by 8:30pm so still […]

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Day 7: Cologne to Amsterdam (Monday, March 25,2013)

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It was a slow day in Europe today 🙂  We spent a couple of hours at the Cologne Cathedral this morning. The photos (in yesterday’s and today’s entry) tell the story much better than I can. It’s old, much of it built between 1250-1350. It’s sort of the definition of Gothic architecture. If you like […]

Day 6: Cologne (Sunday, March 24, 2013)

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A normal early morning, we went down for breakfast around 7:30. The scrambled eggs were cooked in bacon grease, a specific taste I haven’t had in awhile, subtle enough that I hadn’t noticed it the prior morning. More smokey than bacony. We bundled up to prepare for the 1.5 mile walk to the train station […]

Day 5: Koblenz, Part 2 (Saturday, March 23, 2013)

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We slept in until 8:45am which is really late for us. Dan has been working so much, so hard, for so many months, I was glad to see him still snoring at 7:30. Then I fell asleep again, too. We had breakfast at the hotel, a little 15 room place that’s charming, off-the-beaten-path, personal, owned […]

Day 4: Koblenz

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Koblenz, derived from the Latin word for “confluence” – appropriate since it sits on the banks where the Mosel River merges with the Rhine. With a history dating back to 8 BC, it is officially the oldest town I have been in to date. (I learned later that Mainz originated in 13 BC, I just […]

Day 3: Frankfurt (Thursday, March 21, 2013)

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I took a train into Frankfurt this morning, a 30-45 minute ride from Mainz, depending on whether or not you’re on a high-speed train (I was). I had plans to do several museums but decided after the first one I was done with museums for awhile. I wanted to see more of the city, and […]

Day 2: Mainz

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Today I just walked around the city about 7 hours, and stopped in a few museums. Oddly, Mainz is like Sacramento in this way: not the most exciting place to visit, but very livable. We started here only because of Dan’s conference (which he is at again today and tomorrow). That said, it is very […]

Day 1: Brussels to Mainz

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Today is just about getting here and adjusting to time change and culture. I managed to navigate the Brussels airport and 3 train stations since I had to transfer twice to get here. Now I am just hanging in the hotel while devices recharge before I go explore a little. The train ride from Cologne […]

Departure: Test Part 2

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I am typing this from my Kindle Fire sitting at the gate in SFO, hence the “test” of this post. Jon picked me up at 5:30am, we stopped at a diner in South SF for breakfast and got here in plenty of time. I have a 10:37am flight to Chicago, then 6:00pm to Brussels, arriving […]

Just a test

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Tomorrow I leave for Europe for 3 weeks – specifically Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. I’m surprised at the number of people who have expressed genuine interest in following this trip with me, with several requests for a blog as well as of course lots of pictures on Facebook. I’m not necessarily the best picture taker, […]

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