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  • Day31

    Kerpen - overnight

    August 13, 2016 in Germany ⋅

    Not a lot to say except first night in Germany. Best thing about this place was getting here. If there is one glorious town in Belgium it's Spa. Stopped there on the way...beautiful place and a few hilly/windy roads on the way in. Good pic......

  • Day294

    Day 295:Augustusberg & Cologne Cathedral

    December 6, 2017 in Germany ⋅

    Next day-trip, this time to Augustusburg Castle to the south of Cologne. This was a fair bit closer to the city, only about 30 minutes on the train. Despite the name, it's not really a castle - more of a grand manor house. It's world heritage listed as a great example of rococo architecture, which I struggle to differentiate from baroque, but oh well, let's have a look.

    The building itself was fairly impressive: U-shaped, three tall stories, very French design and with rococo touches (apparently the key differentiator is that rococo designs are asymmetrical). The outside was nice, but honestly not super inspiring. Apparently the inside is much nicer and probably the main reason for the listing, but of course it was closed for winter (though we knew this in advance).

    Did a lap of the outside filming what we could, then headed off into the gardens towards the Falkenlust Lodge about 2km away. The name literally means Falcon Lodge, and the aristocrat who built the whole thing loved going hunting, particularly with falcons. So the small but still grand building at the far end of the property was where he'd stay while going falconing. Again - geschlossen!

    Wrapped up our filming and headed back into town. Took the impulse decision to do our Cologne Cathedral video today as well, giving us a complete free day tomorrow.

    Cologne Cathedral is massive - at one point during the 1890s it was briefly the tallest building on earth. It was founded in the early 13th century, and was actually never finished - after 150 years it still wasn't done so they just consecrated it and called it a day anyway. Building resumed in the 19th century when someone rediscovered the original plans in the city archives, and was finally finished in the early 20th century. Before of course it was heavily bombed during WW2 - apparently the distinctive twin spires made a perfect navigation landmark for Allied bombers.

    After the war it was rebuilt and now is finally finished, though it has a strange black appearance thanks to years of pollution and soot. Shandos went in first while I did more exterior filming, dodging the groups of noisy teenagers who apparently call the plaza their home base.

    I spent about 45 minutes inside exploring - very beautiful though very dark, and difficult for filming. It's crazy how tall the interior is - apparently it has one of the largest height-to-width ratios for any church in the world. Lots of nice stained glass inside too, including some originals from the 13th century that have improbably survived, along with the holy relic - the bones of the Three Kings (who I think are the three wise men from the nativity).

    Finished our filming fairly late as we were starting to run out of daylight, then headed home. Ventured out again to the Christmas markets for dinner, though a bit later this time since it had been really crowded last night. Not quite as bad this time, but still quite crowded.
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  • Day17

    Relaxing in Wesseling

    May 11, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    We returned to the large square in front of the cathedral and found our way to our bus pick up point. An adjacent coffee shop gave us a place to perch as we waited for the bus. I enjoyed an apple pastry and coffee. Our boat had moved during our excursion, so a double-decker bus drove us about half an hour south of Cologne to Wesseling where we boarded the boat. We had a light dinner of chef salad outside on the Aquavit Terrace because the weather was perfect. Chuck and Cindy from Lake Tahoe joined us for dinner, and later for a concert by a trio made up of a cellist, a pianist and a clarinetist. The musicians played some light classical works, and a few popular pieces from the last generation, such as "Moon River," and "Mister Sandman." I had forgotten that Jacques Offenbach was born in Cologne.Read more

  • Day36

    35. Etappe: Kaster / Bedburg

    August 7, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    Puh! Heute ist zumindest für uns gefühlt der heißeste Tag unserer Reise. Liegt vielleicht auch daran, dass wir einige sehr sonnige Wege entlang von Kraftwerken durchwandern mussten. Wir halten trotzdem tapfer durch und erreichen nach 19,1 km unsere heutige Unterkunft in Bedburg, die ein paar km vom heutigen Ziel Kaster entfernt ist. Wegen der Mega-Hitze verbringen wir den Nachmittag ganz entspannt im Freibad 🏊‍♀️🏊‍♂️Read more

  • Day43

    38. Etappe: Brühl

    August 14, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

    Erst einmal gaaanz lieben Dank an die vielen aufbauenden und glücksbringenden/-wünschenden Kommentare der letzten Tage! Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass es so viele interessiert, was wir hier machen. Das ist ein tolles Gefühl, wenn ich sehe wie ihr alle "mitwandert". 😍👍
    Bei bestem Wanderwetter bin ich heut mit durchschnittlich 6 km/h übers Land gefegt und war teilweise sogar bei 8 km/h - schneller waren wir bisher nur als wir vor dem nahenden Gewitter geflüchtet sind 😅. Dennoch habe ich das ein oder andere Kunstwerk am Wegesrand bemerkt und festgehalten.
    Meine Pilgerherberge habe ich bisher ganz allein für mich. Aber wer weiß, vielleicht kommt noch jemand - die ersten aktiven Pilger sind mir heute zumindest begegnet! 🎉 Jetzt steht wieder der obligatorische Stadtrundgang - oder besser gesagt: Schlösserrundgang an - denn davon hat Brühl gleich 2!
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  • Day44

    39. Etappe: Aufwiederschauen Brühl!

    August 15, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Den Spaziergang durch den Schlossgarten habe ich gestern schon gemacht, so dass es nun auf direktem Wege nach Euskirchen geht. Gut gestärkt stapfe ich dann mal los 😊 Heute prophezeit der Wetterbericht auch wieder Sonnenschein 🌞

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