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Altstadt Nord

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  • Mar30

    Alone in Cologne

    March 30 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    After Germany, Switzerland would be my next stop. I've spent a good amount of time in Germany (on tour with the dance company I work for), and decided that my unexpected three nights in Lunen were plenty of small town German culture for me this trip. A childhood friend reached out when he saw on Instagram that I was in Belgium, and said if I wanted to stop over in Luzern I was welcome! I planned not to plan anything on this trip, and for this exact reason - so that I could travel with the flexibility to take advantage of unexpected situations just like this one! So, I found the cheapest way to get to Switzerland from Germany was a flight from Cologne. And of course, since the flight was at 6am, I planned to stay out late and then sleep in the airport for a few hours. (Saves money, at the expense of your body.)

    Anyway, my day/night alone in Cologne (lol) was wonderful!!! I love cities of this size. You can walk the whole thing in a day, explore different neighborhoods, maybe do a tour or whatever, find a great spot to eat and drink on every corner. Lots of beautiful German architecture and so many fun energetic bars. Definitely a bit touristy but I can get down with that. I really only had one meaningful interaction the whole day, embarrassingly with an American and a new friend of hers she had met in Amsterdam. But it was nice to share our travel stories and compare our experiences and opinions of Europe vs. USA.

    My favorite discovery was an outdoor antique flea market! A little Platz called “Neumarkt”. Lots of awesome things to be found there.

    One more advantageous find - as soon as I got off the train in Cologne I realized it was gonna suck to have my backpack with me the whole day. It’s, not too big, but you’d rather walk around a city without it. So I happened upon a “luggage storage” right outside the ticket office and money exchange counter. Amazingly efficient and very cheap! 6 euro for 12 hours or something like that. I was so thrilled I found it. Something to look for in other cities!

    Overall, a lovely day in Köln! Would love to return.
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  • Day16

    Cologne, Germany

    September 18, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    We were in Cologne for two nights at the first Airbnb we renteded on the trip. It was a nice change to have a little more space than just a hotel room but as Americans everything is just smaller to us in Europe. We even managed to order in one night with this bicycle service we kept seeing all around town called Foodora. We ordered Thai food for a change off a German menu and it wasn't that bad! Luckily Mitch downloaded this awesome app on his phone that allows you to scan any text like a menu, website, etc that will be translated to English. Its saved us at several places so far!

    Aside from that, Cologne was an interesting city. Its history dates back to the Romans which also can be seen around town with archived ruins that are still preserved. There is also the Cologne Cathedral which took several hundred years to build starting around 1200 that sits in the middle of the city. It is a pretty sight from near and far espeically across the Rhine River at sunset.

    During our walking tour we learned quite a bit about the WWII history, which around 90% of the city was destroyed. Fortunately the cathedral was not destroyed most likely because it was used as a navigation point for the bombers. Still today they find bombs in the ground around the city when they start new construction and have to take precaution to have them removed carefully.
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  • Day7

    Cologne (DE)

    July 14, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    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

    Day 62 - Koblenz to Cologne, 67 miles

    June 16, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    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

    Aus der Luft nach Denpasar

    April 6 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Am Sonntag den 6.4 bin ich um 21:20 ins Flugzeug nach Dubai eingestiegen. Ich muss sagen der Abschied war schwer und ich hatte schon relativ große Angst und ich habe tatsächlich ziemlich viel geweint. Bis ich in Dubai war. Der umstieg war super easy und auf einmal schien alles ganz leicht zu sein. Von Dubai aus ging es noch 9 Stunden nach bali und dort angekommen hab ich endlich nach 9 Monaten meine kleine evi wieder in Arm schließen können. Wir sind dann mit nem Taxi zum Hotel gefahren. Da es mitten in der Nacht war konnte man von Bali nicht so viel sehen. Im Hotel angekommen müssen wir leider festellen, dass das Hotel den 4€ pro Nacht absolut entspricht. Die Tür ist kaputt darüber sind Löcher in der Wand das Klo hat keinen Abzug und es gibt weder ein Waschbecken noch eine Dusche.
    Für 4€ kann man nichts sagen. Wenigstens ein Dach über Kopf.
    Wir haben dann noch bis 4 Uhr geredet und sind dann Iwan eingeschlafen. Ich hab mich zwar riesig gefreut Eve zu sehen, aber gut ging es mir an dem Abend nicht gut. Ich hab Fabi unendlich dolle vermisst und ich konnte mir absolut nicht vorstellen jetzt 2 Monate unterwegs zu sein.
    Aber ein neuer Morgen bringt neues Glück. Oder auch nicht... 😂
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  • Day24

    Roman-Germanic Museum

    August 15, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Another rainy day here in Germany. Finally one of the places I've stayed in had an umbrella, which made the 10 minute walk over to the museum much more tolerable.

    The museum is packed to the gills with Roman artifacts excavated here in Köln or along the Rhine. I particularly enjoyed the various weapons and tools from pre-civilization eras, but the coins and jewelry from the Roman empire were fascinating as well.

    Went back to the brewery for lunch to earn more tickmarks on a coaster, but no cases of mistaken identity this time.
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  • Day7

    Cologne love bridge

    September 12, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    So,the idea is to buy a pad lock with two keys, write your names on the lock, lock it onto the bridge, and then both people throw the keys into the Rhine vowing their love forever. This bridge is more than a quarter mile long. >100,000 locks.

  • Day1

    colonia

    November 23, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    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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