Mülheimer Hafen

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  • Day39


    August 4, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Heading towards Cologne the area became extremely industrialised. The vineyards, wheat fields and trees were replaced by huge buildings, towering chimneys and metal tubes snaking up and down and occasionally emitting some gas high up above us.

    As we approached the city, the skyline stood out as distinctive, with its bridges accross the Rhein, two cathedral spires and tall skyscrapers. We'd deliberately not arrived at a weekend and were glad of this as the 60 place stopover was packed. Luck was with us though and we found a free spot overlooking the river, its grassy floodplain and a path leading to the town. Vicky wasn't feeling well so it was great for her to be able to sit in the van with her crochet watching the world go by.

    Cologne is supposidly one of the world's great 'pink' cities with 1 in 10 people being openly gay. It was heartwarming to see a same sex couple strolling hand in hand. In so many areas, conditions are such that people don't feel able to express themselves, whether it be their sexuality, gender, fashion sense or even opinion or belief if it is different to that of the perceived populus masses.

    Despite being bombed extensively in the second world war, Cologne still has many historic, mainly religious sights to see. The Cathedral seemed somewhat too large for us to take in close up and there were too many other buildings close by to be able to step back sufficiently. However the intricate stonework was breathtaking together with the beautiful stained glass windows filtering the afternoon sun through in a rainbow of colour.

    We enjoyed a local Kölsch beer sitting at a table outside colourful old buildings in the Altstadt (old town) area overlooking the Rhein. We took a trip to the 4711 House of Cologne to see the tap of eau de cologne flowing for you to dip in to, then indulged in another treat of bramley apple crumble cake and lime strawberry cheesecake with a chocolate icecream drink and coffee.

    The day in Cologne was wrapped up with a walk over the raiway bridge to the viewing tower in Deutz. The steps up the bridge had special bike tracks and its wire mesh barriers were covered with 'love locks' built up by decades of couples proclaiming their love for each other by locking a padlock with their names and often memorable dates to the bridge. The glass sided, 28 storey high panorama tower did as it said, with a platform you could walk round to see 360° views of Cologne, the Rhein, its bridges, Deautz and beyond to the industrial zones on the horizon.
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  • Day454


    September 23, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    In Germany the month of September means that it is Oktoberfest time. Obviously. This time last year we'd visited the country's original and largest Oktoberfest in Munich with our friend Ade and we thought it would be interesting and fun to visit a different one this year. We'd enjoyed Cologne when we'd visited in the early days of our European tour, so fixed our sights on their festival. Just before midday we pulled into the familiar stellplatz and were relieved to find a selection of vacant spots. Parking up in one with good access to the park for Poppy, we paid our €12 for 24 hours, had a bite to eat and got ready to cycle in. We'd spent time looking at Köln's Oktoberfest website but it wasn't very clear and gave only directions to the site (no address). Will had programmed a few possible locations into his phone and we set off along the lovely tree lined cycle track that followed the River Rhine. Once in the city centre the going got tougher. It wasn't clear to us where we could and couldn't ride and we needed to wend our way along busy roads with many junctions before we got to the first possible site where there was no sign of the celebrations. An hour after setting off we arrived at a large white marquee with sounds of instruments being tuned and a sound system being tested. We'd not seen anyone else as we approached and it clearly wasn't yet open to the public. Checking website once again we saw the entertainment started at 4:30pm and entry was from 3pm onwards. It was 2:10pm so we walked to a nearby park and found a bench to wait it out. This wasn't going well. Munich Oktoberfest had been open all day with several tents, stalls outside selling food and souvenirs and a whole fairground set up around it. At 3pm there was at least a decent gathering of festival goers, buzzing around the entrance in their dirndls and lederhosen while the brass band played upbeat oompah tunes. This was more like it! We watched as people began to get their tickets out and our hopes fell slightly. Tickets had been available via the website but we'd not needed them in Munich and assumed it was the same set up in Cologne. The saying goes that to assume is to... A doorman informed us that the event was full and without tickets we couldn't get in. Well bang goes that plan! We'd have been unable to get tickets because they would need to have been posted and we aren't at a fixed address.

    The 40 minute cycle back into the city centre was stressful. Having to find our way amidst car fumes, cigarette smoke, noise and hoards of people wasn't fun and when we sat down at a table outside a café in the old quarter, Vicky was in a foul mood and Will was irritated. A 0.2L beer each did a little to lift our spirits and we wandered around town in search of food to substitute what we'd planned to have at Oktoberfest. Will found a pork sarnie but there was no lebkuchen hearts anywhere to be seen for Vicky so we returned to the van and she had her fill of Aldi biscuits.

    Later that evening we'd made the decision to try and get a bit more out of Cologne than it had delivered so far. We went to a café bar in the park that Will had seen selling beer earlier in the day. It was just our luck that it was shut on a Saturday night! We persevered and eventually found a bar in the little run of shops close to the stellplatz. It was open and advertised an Oktoberfest special of a Maß of beer for €7. Hooray! The quiet bar was very different to the rumbunctious festivities we'd been looking forward to but we had Oktoberfest bunting above us, a litre of beer each and we were very happy to be able to be there. So happy in fact that we ended the night with a second litre and swayed our way merrily back through the park.
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  • Day1

    Avengers Booth

    August 21 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    First up today; Square Enix's Avengers. Stef and I had been looking for this one since it's announcement a few years back, and as soon as we heard they were bringing a playable demo, we knew we just had to go! We got to play the game for a whopping 25 minutes, about 5 minutes per Avenger. Thor, Hulk and Captain America all play like a dream. There's nothing quite like picking up two goons, smashing them together, and then using them as a club to smash any other goons stood in your way as the Hulk. Iron Man takes some getting used to, and the same goes for Black Widow. They require aiming of sorts, which, with a controller, is not very straightforward. After the demo we got a really quick sneak peak of the visual and mechanical customization, as well as a few hints at the story (AIM!?) Just to top it all off, we got an Avengers lanyard that a girl who looks an awful lot like Ms. Marvel was wearing in one of the cutscenes. This booth was one not to be missed!Read more

  • Day1

    Journey For Elysium

    August 21 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Next up, we'd had a look at what goodies were to be had, and found a familiar name up on that list! A studio from Ghent, where a friend of mine did his internship. I was intrigued to see the game, and was happily surprised! I'd describe it as the equivalent of a point-and-click game of years past, but in VR! The wonderful art is what pulls it all together, and I'm interested to see the full game!Read more

  • Day1

    The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan

    August 21 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Yikes. We decided to have a look at the spiritual successor to Until Dawn, a game that both Maarten and I liked quite a lot, but were sadly left rather disappointed... not by the game itself, but by the demo! The PCs lagged to no end, causing the story to be hard to follow, and making the Quick Time Events genuinely impossible. It didn't help that it was running on Playstations, the control scheme of which we weren't used to, and they'd probably been running on loop all day in a hot enclosed space.Read more

  • Day38


    August 5, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Heute haben wir Bilder gemacht mit Niels und Robin.
    Danach ist Mama noch gekommen und dann haben wir Bilder von ihr gemacht..
    Am Abend bin ich dann mit Robin und Niels rumgelaufen, dann wo sie gefahren sind, bin ich auch nach Hause gefahren.

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