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It’s not often I can remember what I was doing exactly one year ago to the day.  Today is different.  I remember exactly what I was doing.  In fact, for the past week I’ve been remembering exactly what I was doing exactly one year ago to the day.  How could I ever forget?

The Kvasir on the Rhine


Kinderdijk, Holland


Rudesheim, Germany


Cologne, Germany


Cathedral, Cologne, Germany


Heidelberg, Germany


Sunset on the Rhine


Strasbourg, France


Breisach, Germany

So many wonderful memories, visions, lessons, and inspirations given to me in one week.  Of course I’ll never forget the friends I made during that week of a lifetime…

Vlado and Miglena


The Boys


The Girls

One year ago today Charlotte treated me to a muffin and a Coke in bed for breakfast in our state room (what could be better!) because it was my birthday.  She also gave me a card and a pretty decoration, both of which I still cherish today, as a happy birthday wish.  After a week of dreams come true we flew back to Minnesota.  From now until forever I’ll remember that birthday, that vacation, those people, the continent.  Forever I’ll dream of a day when I can return to a place filled with castles and vineyards, cathedrals and sweet shops.

One year ago today, flying home, and flying high.

The airplane tray on the way home.

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I was back on The Rhine last night.

After a relaxing bath (and appropriate grooming) I picked a special lotion out of the basket on the ledge next to the tub.  Lait Corporel Verveine…Verbena Body Lotion…made in Provence.

I procured a couple of 1.7 oz. bottles of this stuff from our stateroom on the Kvasir, the ship on which Charlotte and I sailed the Rhine.  I nabbed a shampoo too.

When I spread this lotion all over my freshly-shaven legs and dry hands I was immediately transported to those days not so long ago when troubles were forgotten and wonderment was the chose de la journee. 

Our sense of smell can trigger memories like nothing else.  Of course the memories of my vacation in Europe are still very fresh, but the aroma of that lotion put me in a wonderful state of relaxation, the state I was in while drifting through Germany.

It’s okay that I took a couple of bottles of lotion and shampoo – they want you to take it, right?  “Complimentary*,” they say.

*A guy walks into a bar.  He sits down and while the bartender gets his drink a peanut in the bowl in front of him says, “Wow, what a great tie!”  Then another says, “You’re about the most handsome man ever!”  One more says, “You’re wit surpasses that of all men.”  When the bartender returns with the man’s drink the man says, “So what’s with the peanuts?  They’re saying lots of nice things to me.”  The bartender says, “They’re complimentary.”

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