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    • Day10

      Köln

      August 6, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Am Morgen ist es sehr frisch - 6. August 2021 !!! - alle reden von Erderwärmung - heute fahre in der Eiszeit … ❄️🧊⌛️
      Ich sehe welche Katastrophe der kleine Rheinzufluss Ahr in Sinzig angerichtet hat - einfach nur schlimm - da muss Schlamm bis in die oberen Stockwerke gelaufen sein - sie haben bis heute kein Trinkwasser, keine Kanalisation, keinen Strom, kein Gas - die ganze Infrastruktur ist tot. Überall bemühen sich Handwerker sie wieder herzustellen. Die Strassen sind geräumt und der zerstörte Hausrat säumt die Strasse - überall wird noch kesselweise Schlamm aus den Kellern getragen … 😰.
      Nur die von mir benutzte Brücke ist noch für Fussgänger und Radfahrer benutzbar - alle anderen sind zerstört.
      Ich finde meinen Weg und gelange wieder auf meine Route am Rhein entlang.
      In Bonn kurve ich etwas orientierungslos umher und verschwinde wieder.
      Kurz nach Bonn bei Hersel ist der Rheinradweg wieder gesperrt - leider ohne Umleitungshinweise - ich orientiere mich nach Norden und bleibe auf eher westlicheren Wegen und fahre, von mir unbemerkt, an meinem eigentlichen Ziel, Wesseling, vorbei - wahrscheinlich nach dem Motto: „nix wie weg hier“ … 🏃🏻‍♂️
      In Köln scheint die Sonne und es ist spürbar wärmer. Heute Abend wasche meine Kleider, morgen lege ich eine Pause ein und besichtige Köln.

      … hier bleibe ich ein Tag / zwei Nächte bevor es weiter geht …

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      Distanz mit allen Umwegen:
      82km
      Schlafstelle:
      PremierInn, Köln … 15. Stock … 😎
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      TomB64

      Nobel, Nobel der Herr!😎🇨🇭

      8/6/21Reply
      Traveler

      … und günstiger als René Bohn … 😜

      8/6/21Reply
      TomB64

      René: die Lage an der Ahr ist mehr als schrecklich, man kann sich nicht vorstellen was dies alles für die Menschen dort bedeutet von heute auf morgen ihre Existenz zu verlieren.

      8/6/21Reply
      Traveler

      … ja, du sagst es - mehrere Jahre am Häusle gebaut und jetzt alles weg …

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    • Day11

      Schokoladen Museum

      August 7, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Sehr grosses Museum mit noch mehr Informationen von der Kakaobohne bis zur Schokolade …
      … hier ein ganz kleiner Einblick in die Produktion …
      Leider wenig Naschmöglichkeiten (Corona-bedingt) … 🥺

      Traveler

      Do ziehns dr Schoggi und nit Späck durchs Muul🙁

      8/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      👌😛👏

      8/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      Da muss ich grad mal an unseren Ausflug in die kleine Schokoladenmanufaktur zurück denken. War auch sehr informativ und leeeeeeecker 😘

      8/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      https://www.chocoladen.ch/ war besser! Klein und sehr fein… 😋😋😋

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    • Day37

      Köln

      June 15, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      A one night stop in Cologne to see Tanna and Naomi who’ve been our friends all through high school. They moved here at the start of the year ! Very nice to see two familiar faces and we miss them lots.
      We travelled to Amsterdam with Naomi this morning (Thursday) and missed our first train oops because they split -a few carriages to Brussels, a few to Amsterdam, but we got a later one so it was all okay ! Honestly surprised this hasn’t happened yet - it also almost happened going back from Copenhagen to Cologne 😬 which would have been worse so it was better it happened today :)
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      Traveler

      Are you having long days and short nights as the longest day approaches?

      6/18/22Reply
      Traveler

      yes ! the sun goes down at 10:30ish and is back up at about 3am !

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    • Day11

      Himmel und Ääd

      August 7, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      … 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 … 🚴🏻‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️🥵

      Traveler

      Gseht speziell us🤔Isch es guet gsi?

      8/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      … jo, es isch wirgglig guet gsy - Härdöpfelstock und d Bluetwurscht sind guet gwürzt gsy, Zwiebele händ em gueti Note gäh und s Öpfelmues han ich zerscht wölle als Dessert ässe - ha aber denn doch probiert - es het mir tatsächlig gschmeckt … 😋

      8/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      Das tönt vo de Zuetate här wie Labskaus

      8/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      … isch besser gsy als Labskaus!

      8/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      👍

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    • Day48

      Fünf Fotos-Rhine Cruise Day 7

      May 31, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      This morning the M.S. Henry Chaucer left Koblenz around 7 a.m. enroute to our final mooring spot of Köln (Cologne) Germany.

      As we were making it up the river, our guide let us know that we would be passing a key WWII site soon, the remnants of the Ludendordf Bridge, a key strategic crossing in Remagen that was a critical pivot point to end the war in Europe.

      As American forces were planning to make a Rhine River crossing they were surprised to discover that the Germans had failed to destroy the Ludendorff Bridge. Fortuitously for Allied forces, this allowed the U.S. Army to get across the Rhine and to build adjacent pontoon bridges for strategic crossing. Germany made several attrmpts to destroy the bridge, and nearby civilians were killed by bombing campaigns. Hitler also ordered the execution of German officers for the failed demolition attempts.

      On March 17th, the bridge ultimately collapsed, killing some American troops who fell into the frigid Rhine or were trapped under heavy bridge sections. A day after Memorial Day, we were reminded of their sacrifice and the likelihood that other lives were spared by reduced weeks of battle.

      Here is some news footage from this event:
      https://youtu.be/qNShQQiq0co

      In 1965, Remagen Mayor Hans P. Kürten wanted to commensurate the spot where the bridge once stood. Fifteen years later, his dream was realized and the Peace Bridge Memorial was created. The lives of Americans and Germans lost in the battle are memorialized.

      It was moving to pass by the memorial and to see the U.S. flag flying above.

      "Every day let us work for peace with our mind and heart.
      Each person should begin with himself."
      H.P. Kürten

      We arrived in Köln around noon, noting the dominant structure of the Köln Cathedral in the cityscaoe. We decided to take a trip into the city to get clothes laundered, to find our upcoming lodging, and to familiarize ourselves with the neighborhood where we'll be.

      When we departed from the coach that took us to town, we noticed a striking statue with a nun, but also with a star of David and a sculpted pile of shoes. When I saw the Star of David and the shoes, my mind immediately returned to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. I will never forget the image of piles of shoes of those murdered. I knew that I needed to learn more about the statue and the significance of the nun.

      We learned that the Statue portrays Edith Stein (Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce) a member of the Discalced (shoeless) Carmelite nun. She was raised in Jewish faith, became agnostic in her teen years, and she earned her Doctorate and became a teacher. She was forced to leave teaching because she couldn't earn an Aryan Certificate. She then became a nun and she was part of the effort to try to stop Nazi persecution of Jews until she was among those rounded up and murdered at Auschwitz.
      She is now one of the patron saints of Germany.

      This experience highlights the opportunity that I hope to continue to embrace in my lifetime: to explore the world with curiosity and to be a lifelong learner. I have been very fortunate to have had so many similar opportunities in my time in Europe to date.

      After leaving the Statue of St Teresia, we looked for the address of our next accommodations. We are excited about the neighborhood. It reminds us of the tree-lined neighborhoods in Barcelona.

      We stopped for a beer at a nearby café and then dropped by the laundromat. Although we were only there briefly to drop off laundry, I noticed the comfortable sitting area, several books available and Beethoven's 5th Symphony playing softly in the background.

      We decided to figure out the metro system, abs we took a route to the Cathedral. We do plan a visit back so I will comment more about it in a later post, but it's absolutely magnificent. It was an added bonus that organ music resonated throughout our visit.

      I think it could be possible to get a bit weary of European cathedrals, but that's not been the case. It is interesting that the cathedrals seem to draw more attention to tourists than church attendees. Regardless, they are beautiful works of art.

      As we left the grounds of the cathedral, we noticed a perfume store selling Cologne's trademark perfume mentioned by our cruise director: The Original Eau de Cologne 4711 created in 1708 is named after its location at Glockengasse No. 4711. I took a whiff, snd I would describe it as a formulation of citrus and floral scents. I've never heard of it, and I have no idea how widely known it is in America. The Brits on board certainly knew the reference.

      We returned to our boat for a last night cocktail and spectacular several course dinner. Jim C had an eggplant dish, and I had the Beef Wellington. Dessert was Baked Alaska which was served in a procession with sparklers.

      It's been a fine cruise, and we're excited about our next adventure. Guten Nacht!
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      Traveler

      I changed out my first photo. I failed to save it the first time.

      6/1/22Reply
      Traveler

      Sounds like a good cruise. I remember the controversy around Stein's beatification at the time.

      6/2/22Reply
       
    • Day11

      Frühstück

      August 7, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      … das Frühstück wird - Corona-bedingt - in vier Staffeln serviert. Alle Stunde von 7 - 10 Uhr - logisch, von 7 - 8 Uhr sitze ich beinahe alleine im Raum … 😀
      … es wird viel zum Schutz der Gäste gemacht - das Buffet darf nur mit Einweg-Handschuhen betreten werden - naja, sie rechneten nicht mit meinen „Patschen“ - ich durfte trotzdem das Frühstück geniessen … 🙃Read more

      Traveler

      😂🤣😂

      8/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      Do hesch aber Glück gha😂🤣

      8/7/21Reply
      Traveler

      👍🙃🙂

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    • Day18

      Cologne

      October 7, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      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.
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    • Day3

      Abend in der Altstadt

      October 25, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Köln die Mitte der Erde 🌏? Am Abend wollten wir noch die Altstadt und ihre Kulinarik erkunden. Den Turm von Gross St. Martin ist in der ganzen Altstadt sichtbar. Die Figuren Tünnes und Schäl sollen Glück 🍀 bringen. Esstechnisch haben wir und mit einer Currywust 🌭 und Rievkooche 🥔 mit Lachs 🐟 verköstigt. Richtig typisch kölsch. Zum Schluss haben wir die Brauereien der Altstadt ausprobiert. Reissdorf, zur Malzmühle, Peters und Pfaffen. Pfaffen war mein Favorit. 😋 Sion hatte leider geschlossen. Fun Fact: Im Hotel zur Malzmühle könnte man Zimmer mit eigenem Zapfhan buchen. 🤭Read more

    • Day6

      One Last Time along the Rhine

      September 6, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      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!
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      Nicole Elmiger

      well done!

      9/7/22Reply
      Traveler

      Sieht ja grossartig aus, geniesst es weiterhin!

      9/8/22Reply
      Martin Harlacher

      Herzliche Gratulation - super Bilder! Erholt euch gut ...

      9/8/22Reply
       
    • Day33

      Day 33: Cologne, Germany🍺🍺⛪️🌙

      August 5, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      We had a great night of sleep and decided to sleep in until about 9:00 AM as we were having a sort day of only 27 miles to Cologne. We had a nice breakfast on the back patio with Thomas. After breakfast Thomas gave us a picture show and stories about his 100-day bicycle trip from Berlin to Iran. What an amazing adventure he had! We got pedaling toward Cologne at 11:45 AM (our latest start of the trip.) The ride along the Rhine was chilly, damp, and very bumpy. We stopped for a picnic with the sandwiches we made at breakfast within 5 miles of Cologne, and also shared a sweet treat from a bakery. Cologne (1.1 million pop. Is the 4th largest city in 🇩🇪) was also crowded, especially around the Cathedral, Kölner Dom, which receives tens of thousands of visitors per day. The Cathedral is an amazing site, and I recommend you learn more about it. “The towers for its two huge spires give the cathedral the largest façade of any church in the world.” It is believed by many the remains of the three wise men are contained within the cathedral. After that Lisa and I took turns exploring the cathedral’s interior and then we navigated our way through the busyness to our Warmshower Lar’s and Sabine’s flat. They live in a car-free neighborhood which was very interesting to learn about, and experience the quietness of such a living space. No cars parked on the street, no traffic, only bicycles and walking. The evening was a beautiful walking tour with Sabine and Lars filled with talk of past adventures and future dreams of travel. We ended at a special local pub/restaurant called the Golden Cabbage. At the Golden Cabbage we had a true local experience of a Cologne Brauhus. We drank Kölsch style beer which technically can only be brewed in Cologne from the traditional .2-liter glasses which are brought to you automatically by the waitress once yours is less than 1/2 full, and as long as you don’t cover the top with your coaster. We experienced the lively atmosphere of men watch the first league soccer game on the tv, and cheers of excitement when their team scored, or almost scored, as we enjoyed local dishes of blackened pudding, and sauerbraten. One man who had been a patron of the pub for nearly 60 years practiced his English with us. He welcomed us to Cologne and wished us a wonderful trip. At the end of our adventure in the Golden Cabbage the waitress found out we had been cycling for nearly 5 weeks and we’re from America, so she gave us some gifts from the pub. The Kölsch experience was something we had never experienced in Germany, and will be a special memory forever. The evening ended with a nightcap on the terrace of Lar’s & Sabine’s flat as the time was approaching midnight. This like all days was another very special experience! 🍺🚴🏻‍♂️❤️🇩🇪Read more

      Traveler

      Hahaha I agree! F*ckin’ crazy!!!

      8/12/22Reply
       

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