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  • Day7

    Cologne (DE)

    July 14, 2017 in Germany

    Not all green pastures, and tranquil meadows. This northern section of the Rhine is also known as the Industrial Ruins. Slow going and without a GPS it would be even worse.

    Rode through Duisburg (couldn't help myself and stopped at a Starbucks for a cappuccino) also Europe's largest inland port, then to Dusseldorf (the Tour de France started here 2 weeks ago), then to Cologne (one of the oldest cities in Germany.

    The biggest landmark in Cologne is the gothic style Cologne Cathedral completed in 1880 and took 632 years to build !
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  • Day29

    Cruising through Cologne area

    April 23, 2017 in Germany

    Today we cruised along the Rhine towards Bonn, Germany. Originally we were scheduled to dock in Cologne but there was a protest scheduled by some extreme right wing parties so we skipped along to Bonn instead. The countryside was dotted with small villages with pretty houses and churches. It really is a nice way to travel. Mostly you get to see the good sides of villages and towns as everyone builds houses and buildings to have a view of the river. We did also see some pretty large factories and powerstations that also get built along riverbanks.Read more

  • Day62

    All about navigation today as due to all the recent rain a lot of the cycle route along the river was closed. Normally wouldn't mind a bit of re-navifation but in a valley with limited options apart from a busy road it wasn't great but more importantly I needed to find a bar by 3pm for the England Wales game!

    After a short stint on the road I went back the river path and things had improved so headed to Bonn and managed to find a trusty Irish bar to watch the game with randomly a group of Germans who were supporting England.

    After the game it was best part of the day and had a really nice evening ride upto Cologne. Very vibrant city and while place was buzzing for the German game against Poland. Great atmosphere in town and good to watch the game with local fans.
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  • Day1

    colonia

    November 23, 2016 in Germany

    I ended my period Barcelona in the morning with breakfasting with my new friends and family and being brought to the airport. After arriving in colonia after seven month, I went directly to my first shift at the Christmas market. Funny one of my roommates from Barcelona, Anni, was working there too and another one, Tim, was visiting us :) I worked at the christmas market, selling Glühwein almost every day for five weeks, to earn some money for the next period of my life: Greece. But also it was a nice opportunity to see again my old friends and my boys - and the new girl :) - of my old shared flat :)
    It was a very very nice and exhausting time in colonia where I saw my old life connected with the new version of me
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  • Day7

    Walking Tour of Cologne

    June 16, 2016 in Germany

    We arrived in Cologne at 3 o'clock and walked around for a few hours taking in this rather gothic town.

    Cologne has 2,000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, is the region’s cultural hub.

    Cologne importance in the Middle Ages is reflected by its 12 Romanesque Chuches

  • Day30

    Köln, Germany pt II

    June 1, 2016 in Germany

    Day 29:

    So lets take a small journey into our accommodations here... Last night we went to put the blackout shades down, and I don't know if they're doomsday preppers or what, but they weren't as much blinds as 2 levels of huge wooden blocks on the outside of the window. But no complaints here, they kept out the light... as well as any stray zombies. Also the beds. We slept in separate beds last night. Not because we are fighting or one bed was too small. Because the double bed is perched 2 meters in the air on a homemade bunk bed. Danielle drew the short straw (meaning was brave enough), and slept on the top bunk. But we made it through the night, and that's what matters.

    It was raining when we woke up, with no signs of halting. Throughout the day, it probably completely stopped 3 times. But luckily for us, it wasn't too crazy for most of the day. We wandered our way through the city, following old buildings, most notably being the Kölner Rathaus, Groß Sankt Martin Kirche, and of course, Kölner Dom.

    We do have to note that Köln is the first town we have seen that has tangible signs of how devastating the World Wars were. Beautiful old buildings were reduced to rubble. The only ones with the financing to be rebuilt were the chuches, but you can plainly see on the buildings where the original walls end and the 20th century replacement begins. Being completely honest, not much was left from the originals. Luckily, the World Wars happened after photography, allowing them to rebuild with accuracy. It gives a slightly skewed view into the past, either way.

    The Kölner Rathaus is the oldest documented city hall in all of Germany, with records back 900 years. The building was expanded upon in he succesive centuries with our favorite gothic styling. We did get rained on by rain coming from the mouth of one of the gargoyles, and for some reason we loved that fact. It was a little bit of a bummer hearing that the Great Saint Martin's Church was built in the latter part of the 20th century, but it was started in the 12th, so I think we might just stick with that.

    The Cologne Cathedral stands alone in its sheer size. Despite rain, we stood staring again. Inside was even more breathtaking. The ceiling was indescribably high, there were medieval tapestries, massive stained glass windows... I feel like we may have peaked as far as churches are concerned. Just amazing. Its such a ridiculous story behind the church, though. Churches existed on the same area since the 4th century, including what was known as the oldest catherdral. They tore down the old cathedral to build this one in the 1200s. The initial building lasted 200 years, then was halted, with towers topped by cranes, for 400 years, before completing it after another 50. So with that 400 year hiatus, it makes sense that it really overshadows the rest of the cathedrals from its era.

    Next, we went to Früh to have lunch and beer. They are one of the original brewers of the style designated solely to the region, the Kölsch. This was our first experience with a restaurant that replaces your beer without you asking. Sort of a shock at first, but at 18cl each, nobody should get into any trouble. The food was a beautiful mess of pork, potatoes, mushrooms, heavy sauces, and one tomato slice. It was just what we needed.

    We wandered our way home just before the rain went completely insane. We were more than happy to hear the madness from the safety of the inside.
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  • Day15

    Köln

    July 11 in Germany

    Nach dem Frühstück fuhren wir in die Stadt und erlebten eine Domführung. Nun bin ich schon unzählige Male hier gewesen - aber nie mit einer Führung. Spitze!
    Evelina und ich ließen uns im Café Reichart verwöhnen und einige der Schüler waren dort fasziniert von den Toiletten, deren Glastüren milchig wurden, sobald man sie abschloss…. . Andere bestiegen die Domtürme und genossen die Aussicht, noch andere machten Saturn unsicher.
    Nach dem Mittagessen folgte für Einige das Highlight der Tour: Fabrikverkauf bei Haribo. Da wurde kiloweise eingekauft!
    Das Haus der Geschichte konnte trotzdem noch viele überzeugen, es gab viele Schüler, die die Zeit vor Ort als zu kurz empfunden haben.
    Eine kleine, aber feine Gruppe fuhr abends noch in die Innenstadt, wo wir unseren ehemaligen Kollegen Andre treffen konnten – schön war´s!
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  • Day1

    Zwischenstop in Köln

    January 25 in Germany

    Erstmal hallo ihr lieben. Heute morgen sind wir mit dem Zug Richtung Urlaub aufgebrochen. Da wir nicht alles auf einmal hinter uns bringen wollten sind wir gestern schon zu meinen Großeltern aufs Festland gefahren und dann heute weiter nach Köln. Unser Zug ging heute morgen schon recht pünktlich Richtung Emden, wo wir dann in den IC umgestiegen sind. Dort hatten wir dann ein ganzes Abteil für uns und konnten ziemlich entspannt bis Köln durchfahren. So konnte ich auch noch ein bisschen Schlaf nachholen und lesen. In Köln angekommen haben wir erstmal etwas gegessen. Verhängnisvollerweise war jedoch in der nähe ein Elbenwald, da konnte ich einfach nicht widerstehen und hab mir noch ein bisschen Merch gekauft (warum muss so was auch immer so verführerisch sein? 😶😣). Danach haben wir uns noch den Dom angeschaut. Die Schmuckfenster waren so toll gemacht das es teilweise sogar dreidimensional wirkten und die Farben sehr intensiv waren. Danach sind wir auch schon wieder ins Hotel gegangen. Ich hab sogar ein kleines, etwas abgetrennten, Raum. Heute Abend gehen wir dann noch zu einem Italiener und dann heißt es möglichst viel Schlafen um uns für den 12 Stunden Flug vor zu bereiten.Read more

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Alter Markt, Old Market, Vieux-Marché

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