We passed through the merchant quarter dating from before the 17th century, when Groningen had been one of the thriving Hansa trade cities. The old buildings stand proud beside newer buildings hat echo the classic architectural style.
Who should we find but Olivia and Paul and their four kids as well as Vincent waiting for us at a Teagarden. We had tea, coffee and cakes while Kate opened her first gift of the day.
From the garden we went to meet my brother Robert at the conservatory where he works. But first we stopped at the church where Robert and Greetja were married in 1971.
We all gathered at Kate's for lunch.
Olivia and the kids left after the cake, and there was a lull before a whole new set of friends arrived for dinner. The table was cleared and the dishes were almost done when we headed back to the apartment at about 10 where we stayed for the night. It was a full day birthday party.