Category Archives: Rhine River

Twenty Churches in Twenty Days

We visited 20 churches on our trip to Europe last May. Here’s the breakdown by country: Switzerland 4, France 1, Germany 11, Netherlands 1, and Belgium 3. And by denomination: Roman Catholic 12, Lutheran /Evangelical 5, Presbyterian 2, Old Catholic … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Seven: Farewell and Recap

Our cruise was over on Sunday morning and after breakfast we all assembled in the lounge to wait for our names to be called for debarcation. There were lots of hugs and tears and exchanges of email addresses and business … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Six (Part Three): Central Amsterdam

After our diamond factory tour we climbed aboard buses that took us back to our ship for lunch. Along the way we got to see a bit of central Amsterdam.  It took about 15 minutes to head back to the … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Six (Part Two): Amsterdam’s Diamond Factories

Our Amsterdam Canal tour on Saturday ended on the docks of the Gassan Diamond Factory. Here we learned a lot about the diamond trade and the history of the diamond business in Amsterdam. When the people of the Netherlands finally … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Six (Part One): The Canals of Amsterdam

A little less than a thousand years ago some people decided to build a dam on the Amstel River and soon a little fishing village was born around this dam. After a generation or two the village grew into a … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Five (Part Three): Outside the Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom)

It stopped raining during our visit inside the Cologne Cathedral and so I was able to walk around comfortably and take a few photos of the western and southern facades of the building. After lunch the Felicity departed for the … Continue reading

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Rhine River Cruise, Day Five (Part Two): Inside Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom)

The Cologne Cathedral was the fourth cathedral we visited on our seven-day trip down the Rhine River. It was for a time the tallest building in the world and still is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe. It also … Continue reading

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