… wenn es keine Schokolade im Museum gibt - gibt es ein Brauhaus Klassiker auf dem Alter Markt … 😋
… und mit dabei - Antje & Tom … 😁 … sie haben mich wieder eingeholt … 🚴🏻♂️🚴🏻♂️🚴🏻♂️🥵
Gute Morgen meine Damen und Herren
Gisteren was het een big change of plans, aangezien onze goeie vriend Tim ons al wilde verlaten, besloten Thomas en ik ipv naar Praag te gaan Keulen te gaan. Om zo toch de naar huis rit iets minder zwaar te maken.
Dus dan deden we dat.
9 uur op de trein. Jippiejej. Wel een mooie zonsondergang
In keulen hebben ze ook een mooi groen raam, leuk he
En om de dag af te sluiten: Tokkie tijdens 3 delen van de maaltijd
1) heel gelukkig met zijn uw Tokyo Island tea
2) helemaal klaar om die hamburger te verslinden
3) teleurgesteld in mij omdat ik een chocomelk had genomen
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So we went for a float down the Rhine in some blow up orange boats . We floated for 5 hours . We had a picnic - Wylinn said that it’s no fun if you have no food , so we had a few courses to cover the 5 hours of floating . We went for several swims and took turns rowing , holding onto the back and kicking - which probably was quite counterproductive , and swimming while pulling the boats which were tied together. Then we drove to the waterfall which we would have gone down if we got out of the boats too late . It’s the most voluminous falls in Europe ( I think 😬 ). And wasn’t very tall but was pretty volumptuous .
I took some pretty sick photos on dads 0.5x too, I hope you like the range of selfies offered .Read more
Nach einem sehr gelungenen, aber hier nicht visuell dokumentierten, Konzertabend (O Yuki Conjugate und Drew McDowall) sind das hier die besten bzw. touristischsten Bilder eines schönen Wochenendes in Köln.
Die Knochen auf den Bildern stammen von "elftausend Jungfrauen".Read more
Moinmoin, die letzte Etappe steht an. Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück haben wir unsere letzten 93km in Angriff genommen. Ohne Wolken und teilweise Rückenwind - auch am 6. Tag spielte das Wetter mit! Wir überquerten den Rhein zweimal mit der Fähre. Nach knapp 4.5 Stunden konnten wir dann einen ersten Blick der Kölner Skyline erhaschen und sind dann wenig später im Hotel (direkt beim Dom) angekommen. Nach einem wohlverdienten Abendessen haben wir und schon bald bettbereit gemacht.
Fazit: Nach 518.2km ohne Panne, zwei kleinen Stürzen und viel Spass sind wir erfolgreich am Ziel angekommen. Nun geniessen wir Köln und genehmigen uns (wohl eher nur ich (Michele)) ein Kölsch. Tschö!Read more
A very cold day out and about in Cologne as our guide showed us around the massive Cologne Cathedral. The allied forces largely spared the cathedral during WW2 due to it's value, so it is in original condition.
Also checked out the Eau De Cologne store (Farina fragrance museum), Lovelock bridge, and the city shopping precinct.
We were warned about pickpockets, so were careful, but one of the young male passengers from our ship was shoulder charged by a young german bloke in the city...probably an anti-American sentiment we think.Read more
Cologne was just a quick stop on our way to Switzerland. We had just enough time to check in, walk around town and grab dinner and a couple drinks. It looks like a great town even though it was raining. They desperately need the rain. The Rhine River is at record lows.
Kolsch beer is the rage here, and they serve it in small narrow glasses. Too bad we're not staying longer because drinks are about half price compared to Denmark! For dinner, it was Sauerbraten for me and Salmon in
a beurre Blanc sauce for Deanne, along with some German wines.
Cologne's most famous landmark is it's gothic cathedral. We just made it inside before closing time. It's extremely tall and quite impressive. But after seeing a few of these, they tend to all look alike. I know.... sacriliege! After seeing that, we stumbled on a cafe called "Funk Haus" and of course Dr. Funkhouser and I HAD to stop in for a drink. Nobody in Iowa is quite sure, but they think it means Radio Station. We are asking several people what the surname means and have heard Radio Station and Fire Station. This cafe is named after the TV station that was in the building before. Maybe we'll find out in the Emmental valley of Switzerland where Deanne's family came from.
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After a great night's sleep, we walked to Rico, an outdoor café in the neighborhood for breakfast. It was fun to watch the city coming to life, although this neighborhood is pretty sedate overall.
We decided to check out Köln's Botanical Gardens as the day was sunny and cool. The grounds were really beautiful, and we enjoyed seeing the different plants, those familiar and unfamiliar.
Since the launch of our trip, we have sent photos and videos back to our granddaughter, Olive, of one of her favorite storybook characters, Pete the Cat. Jim C found the book at the local library about a year or so ago. In the first book that we read to her, Pete is wearing his brand new white shoes and through a series of mishaps, he stains them as he steps in the different obstacles (🫐, 🍓, mud and water). Regardless, Pete remains undaunted and sings a ditty that embraces his altered footwear. The story ends with a great moral: "No matter what you step in, just keep walking and singing your song."
We created a bit of an amused stir of those observing us place Pete strategically on a statue in the garden. It was fun to attempt to explain what we were doing to a German audience.
I have a purpose to my lengthy birdwalk (catwalk?): Olive is 3 years old today. It is bittersweet being thousand of miles away, but we have been making weekly Zoom calls to stay connected in addition to our "Pete" texts. We love watching Olive grow. We cherish the opportunity to be Opa & Papi. Olive has lived most of her young life amidst the pandemic, and yet she is one of the most joyous souls. And as we celebrate Olive, we also celebrate our bonus grandson James who Olive adores.
So today, rather than just getting lost in our latest attraction, we took time to celebrate our family and the life waiting back home for us in Portland.
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This is the big sight to see in Cologne. Christians have been worshipping here since Roman times.
It's the tallest Gothic cathedral with two towers (Cologne loves its records). It was started in 1248 and took 631 years to complete.
It survived Napoleon because he used it to stable his horses, and it survived the extensive bombing of Cologne in WWII because it was used as a marker for the pilots.
Its biggest claim to fame is that it purports to house the relics of the Three Wise Men.
The slender, soaring columns reminded us a little of the Sagrada Familia.Read more
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