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Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne January 16th 2015

It was April and still spring in Europe although the weather was turning better from the dreary winter months. We decided to visit my friend Grazyna who lives in Cologne, Germany - a distance of 680 kilometers or around 423 miles. It took us over 7 hours to arrive at her house. When I lived in France I had a good car, a Renault Safran which was ideal for long distance driving. However, we drove at a steady pace and stopped twice on the way to Cologne, Germany, once in Metz (in France) where fierce fighting took place during World War II between American and German forces. This battle lasted 3 months, and being a WWII history buff, I wanted to see some of the battlefield sites. The other stop was inside Germany, I can't remember ... read more
Cologne, Germany
Cologne, Germany
Cologne, Germany

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

Relax day today, with just a small wander around the main shopping precinct, and of course, one of the Christmas markets. There is nine in all in the city of Cologne to see if you are willing to travel out of the main city. Enjoyed an apple strudel from the bakery, and of course another gluehwien. Where is met this lovely lady who started talking to me. When she found I couldn't speak german, she started speaking in English. Very fluent as well. She was telling me it was nice to practice, as she only learn't to speak english 10 years ago. She is now 75, dressed in her red and white and was going to the local soccer match with the LC Koln team. Her son met her and they went to the game together ... read more
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Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne December 4th 2014

Day 1 in Cologne, and didn't know what to expect. The taxi driver when I arrived was so funny, and had me in hysterics, but also warned me of some area's around my hotel and also of pick pockets. I arrived to my hotel after dark, so my night in was pretty quiet. I did however wake in the morning, feeling a little worse for wear after a few nightmares - I think what he said played havoc with my mind. But, after a full breakfast I headed out on foot and the first place I find is the Alter Markt (Christmas Markt). I was amazed. The whole area was vibrant with Christmas stalls, beer barns, and a skate rink for people to go skating on. It would be lovely to do it, but dont want ... read more
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Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne September 22nd 2014

Koln Germany 21 and 22 September We arrived in Koln at about 11.00am and found our camp site, Campingplatz Stadt Koln which was about 4 kms from the city centre, right on the banks of the River Rhine. It was an easy metro ride into the city after walking across one of the bridges over the Rhine. This was our second visit to Koln (Cologne) so we were slowly remembering features of the city. Of course the Dom Cathedral is the centre piece of the city. Our main purpose for this visit was to catch up with our great friend from Frankfurt, Kevin, who we met in Africa. He and his dad had just come back from another trip to Kenya and saw the millions of wildebeest actually cross the river....and he saw crocodiles attack them ... read more
Koln Germany - in and from the Dom Tower (27)
Koln Germany - pastries (1)
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Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne September 18th 2014

Although I have been studying German for a good while now, I have only ever been to Germany once before, and that was on a thirty-six hour round trip from King's Lynn, England, to Aachen, Germany. That day, I spent around eight hours in Germany, in a city which is basically in Belgium, so I don't think it counts as much. So, since moving here, I have decided that I need to make a bit more of an effort to see the country, as I have neglected it in favour of France for so long. I am pleased to say that the area I live in is really pleasant. As I was driving back here on Thursday night, there was layers of mist hovering over the fields, and the greenery of the mountain forests was so ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne June 19th 2014

Today I decided to shoot directly to the Rhine from my hotel and walk to the city from there. Sad to leave here tomorrow but Aachen will be easy to get to tomorrow. I finally have all my laundry done and need to pack up for tomorrow. I found a couple Americans today that oddly enough were dressed in Indians attire, turned out they were from Parma working for UPS and just came even more oddly "India". They told me about a Gestapo Museum I am going to check out today, should be cool. I saw the chocolate and german olympic museum as well, I was suprised they did not have anything there from Jürgen Schulz who is discus world record holder. The chocolate museum was cool and had tons of free chocolate. The woman working ... read more
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Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne June 18th 2014

Today I walked along the Rhine and got a better understanding of the city, I still love the fact I can navagate without a map and base where I am off of the cathedral. Today I check out the Römisch-Germanisches Museum (Roman-German). Lots of cool stuff there and some very ancient as well, therer was a lot of really cool glass there and it turns out Köln was the largest class producer in Europe and was a Roman city. They have a piece there that was worht over 40.000.000 € and is one of 5 pieces. The Germans are till psyched up on the victory over portugal yesterday. I ended up eating breakfast by an old city gate entrance built in the 13th century. I cannot tell if my tiredness is from walking around all day ... read more
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Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne June 16th 2014

Köln is such a wonderful city, a quick ICE train got me here. Today has been wonderful seeing the beautiful Dom, a Stadtrundfahrt and the Germans beat Portugal 4-0 at a Public Viewing with some friendly Germans I met on the street. I am about 90% adjusted to the time change here. Going through Germany reminded me a lot of the Ohio country side from Frankfurt to Köln. I did find something eye opening outside my hostel today though, we talked about these in German class at Kent, but I found 4 copper/bass (?) bricks in the road listing the names of the four people who previously resided here and were killed in Auschwitz. It also seems Germans like to honk at people who do not go right when the light turns green, in their defence ... read more
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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!
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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
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