Yes, it really did happen today! Once I dropped my suitcase off in my hotel room, nearby the train station, I went down to the lobby and met James and Matt at 12:30p. Here they are (with their full permission)!
Matt is the tall one on the left, and now I wish I had asked him just HOW tall! It's not that James is short, either. Matt is German but you'd never know it from his English. Impeccable! He and James lived and worked in San Francisco before they both came back to Germany six months ago. They got married here (have all the benefits except taxes!) and are now leaving their options open for future possibilities. How fun to be with a gay couple again :)
From the hotel we walked into Duesseldorf's Old Town where Matt took a shot of James and me with a tower from an old waterfront castle (on the Rhine River!) and the St. Lambertus Basilica in the background. See, James really ISN'T short. Matt is just really tall :)
All in all, we were together, walking around and eating lunch, for 2-1/2 hours. This astonished me because I found out that they, too, will be flying to the States tomorrow--to Miami. So they had miles to go before they sleep tonight. I really felt honored to have so much of their time!
I then walked around on my own for the next 2 hours, just before it started raining. Of all my photos (who, ME?!), I picked these to show you something unique about this lovely city. James says there are maybe 10 of these "statues" in the city that sit/stand atop kiosks. The first one, of the man with the camera, is right outside the train station! He's taking a picture of YOU when you walk out! As you can see, they are so life-like, you do a double-take! Seriously!