Blogs from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Europe


Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne January 5th 2014

For the record: Cologne does not smell like cologne. Darcy had the brilliant idea to do a road trip while we were in Amsterdam. Because who can stay in the same country for 6 whole days? NOT US. FOUR AMERICANS. THREE COUNTRIES. ONE DAY. We got up way too early for life on January 2nd. We took a bus to the airport and then had to take another shuttle to our car rental place. We (Darcy because she's old enough) rented a car, which was so tiny it barely qualifies. But it was awesome. We drove to Cologne, Germany. It took 3 hours. I can't drive a stick shift. Darcy, Adam, and Noah can. So I navigated. By my handy dandy skills of screen-shotting directions on my iPad and guessing at road signs, we got to ... read more
Kate and Noah go to Germany!
Pretty colorful buildings
City Gates

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne November 4th 2013

Cologne Bonn & Rheine River Valley Koblenz 31 Oct 2013 Well if it seems like we are beetling along, you would be right in thinking that. We have certainly turned the corner and heading for home. But Germany is such a beautiful country, we are trying not to hurry through….but are! After staying at Heidelberg and wandering around the town in the morning, we drove north to Cologne, and spent the night at a campsite on the River Rheine. We went into the restaurant that night and had lovely meals. Tom had a fillet steak and I had venison. As it was very cold outside, the beautiful restaurant was a pleasure to be in. Service was excellent and we challenged the waiter to tell me what meat I was going to eat as he didn’t have ... read more
Cologne Cathederal Germany 31 Oct 2013 (4)
Steak for Tom in Cologne Germany 31 Oct 2013
Venison for Pam in Cologne Germany 31 Oct 2013

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne October 22nd 2013

I have been living for almost 2 Years now in Cologne, so I want to share my insights about this great city where you can enjoy a good meal or a good drink. As I love other cultures, I especially love international restaurants. For that reason, you may find mainly here restaurants, which are not serving German food. However, as I know that tourists love tasting local food, I will also put a few German restaurants that I like! Cafés: - Yummy Müslibar: in this cosy café near Rudolfplatz and Molktestrasse, you will find a perfect atmosphere to meet a friend to chat, have breakfast or even a cake in the afternoon. They have a wide range of müslis and cereals, some salty dishes and some cakes. This is a small place so you can be ... read more
Enhui in Salon Schmitz
Lai de hao Chinese Restaurant
Namdaemun Korean restaurant

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne September 12th 2013

We had a slow morning, eating breakfast at 8:30 while still sailing to Cologne. Although we were ready for our tours when we docked at 10:00, we had to wait until 11:00 for one of the guides (for our group) who was stuck in traffic. Our boat is right at the heart of the city, almost under the railway bridge (7 trains at a time, over 700 per day). So, very soon our tour group walked into the old fish market and a good view of the cathedral. The guide showed us several lines that mark peaks of river floods and the line for the new defences. The defences are barriers that rest underground until needed, when they rise from the street. She took us along a modest route, regaling us with stories and history. Her ... read more
Cologne Cathedral
St Kunibert
Cologne Cathedral

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne September 10th 2013

We've just finished five days in Cologne. We're now in Münster for a couple of nights before we head to Frankfurt where Lyn has an International Student Fair to attend and do her promotional thing for HVHS, which she is very good at. We arrived in Cologne Thursday 5 September and Nan's funeral was on the following Monday so it felt as if we were in a holding pattern somewhat, Lyn especially. The family stuff back home was what she wanted to be involved in and it weighed hard on her not being there even though it was a completely rational and sensible decision. We traveled by train again and although I've been a champion for rail travel in Deutschland I may be reviewing my recommendation. We got on to find we were in a compartment. ... read more
Bad Godesburg
Bad Godesburg
Bad Godesburg


Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne August 7th 2013

As anyone in the know will tell you, no trip abroad is complete without a pit-stop in Koeln :-) .... so that's exactly where we started off our travels. What amazes me about each trip back here over the past 20 years is that despite the continual dynamics of the city itself and the relationships origanally formed here, there is a fundamental familiarity that persists to draw me back. The face of the city is continually changing, as reflected by the overwhelming number of construction sites and familiar store-fronts making way for new Thai and Indian restaurants. And yet, though Koeln is often derided for its grit, as epitomized by its most famous landmark, there is a beauty that shines through and an excitement in the air for what the future holds. For no matter what ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne July 29th 2013

So, my son has slept on the Great Wall of China, seen the Terracotta Army, driven on the Tizi n Test mountain pass in Morocco, been inside the Sydney Opera House and to the Great Barrier Reef, stood at the feet of Mount Cook and Vesuvius and built snowmen on top of volcanoes in Iceland. But, do you know where the one place he has always wanted to go over and above those wonderful places? Germany. I know, right? When I said that we would go away this year for a short trip somewhere, he said Germany right away. Unfortunately, as we were driving we couldn't get to Berlin due to distance and time constrains, but he was over the moon that we would be able to fit in Cologne and Frankfurt. I blame my dad ... read more
Cologne cathedral - so tall, you can't get it all in one photo!

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne July 17th 2013

1:12 We've made our way from Brussels into Germany now. We got as far as Köln, where we made a pit stop to sing mass in the cathedral there. It wasn't our best performance, but any means - there were tuning issues and such fun, but we still managed to pull off the the pieces we needed to sing. The cathedral is just as lovely as it was four years ago; it's a shame that we didn't have more time to explore... Or more properly that I didn't have time to explore any other bits of the town this time instead of the cathedral. We're back on the bus for the long haul now, on our way to Halberstadt, where we have a charity concert to sing as part of the festival this evening. It's going ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne May 10th 2013

Live from a Starbucks in Cologne, gotta make it quick they are closing soon. no Wi-Fi on the ship. We only really have one thing to say, THE DOM!!!! We are in AWE, no words can describe it, no picture can do it justice, you have go to see this..... Steve and I had an incredible spiritual experience being here, and we lit a candle in memory of my Dad, four years today, and in memory of Jim, four years on May 18 here are the pics! Stay tuned for the next Starbucks update... read more
Pipe organ way up high
We stand in awe

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne May 6th 2013

On the 5th of May, I was invited to my godchild’s Holy Communion in Cologne. No matter whether you believe in God or not, I found the celebration quite impressive, that’s why I would like to share it with you. My godchild Benedikt attends the Domsingschule, a primary school with the purpose of educating the children that will later on sing in the Cathedral Choir in Cologne. It was not easy to get him into this school. Of course, you need to be Catholic, but also, he and his parents had to go through a number of assessments before he was finally accepted. Already his school enrolment had taken place in the spectacular Cologne Cathedral. The fact that the Holy Communion took place in the Cologne Cathedral is so special because the Cathedral does not have ... read more
"Alte Liebe"
View from the Alte Liebe
Balloons with good wishes

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