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Published: 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 the English word for it. Finally he bought back a big tin which had a photo of a deer on it. Great thinking!
This next morning we caught the train into Cologne/Koln, and wandered around for a few hours. It is a lovely city and we could understand why our Frankfurt friend Kevin loves Koln. We visited the Koln Dom Cathedral which
was built starting in the 4th
century and was completed in the 19th
century. They kept adding to it. There were very interesting mosaic patterns on the floor and as the light came through the lead-light windows, it threw rainbow patterns on some of the internal columns. So this Gothic church wasn’t as gloomy as others we had seen.
We then walked to the historic Town Hall (Rathaus) where there was a wedding reception being held. This building looked a little odd as it had variable architectural styles on its different section as different sections were built at different times.
We also walked through the pedestrian malls. I did a bit of clothes shopping. We also bought some roasted chestnuts as the last ones we tried were burnt and old. This lot was fresh and quite tasty.
In afternoon we drove down the Rhine valley to Koblenz, where the Mosel/Moselle river joins the Rhine. This is lovely country - pretty.
While we were messing around in Koblenz looking for information, time got away from us and we realised there was only 30 minutes to sunset. Then we looked across the river and saw a campsite, which
we found was in the ADAC campsite book, and it gave us precise directions.
We camped only 30 metres from the river’s edge, and through the front of our motor home we could see the boats going up and down the river.
Across the river on the cliff, the huge building (Ehrenbreitstein Fortress) dominates the night skyline, away from the town. All the buildings on the cliff were colourfully illuminated at night. So it is very pretty, restful and cold on the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers.
We went for a walk along the river drinking our evening wine. The next morning there were a lot of runners out, which was good to see.
While we were chatting in our motor home that night, we heard a very loud knock on our van door. Four girls were all dressed up in Halloween outfits and they were “trick or treating”. The American influence continues to spread. We saw a lot of pumpkins in ships and markets in preparation for Halloween.
The next morning, which was overcast and very fresh, we headed south along the Mosel River Valley.
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