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Sep 8, 2017 - More to Cologne than expected

We started our German adventure visiting Vivian and Armando who we met back in Thailand. As they were at work they booked us onto a walking tour so we could learn a little about Cologne. The tour started by the beautiful fort gate where we saw the Cologne coat of arms. The coat of arms has three crowns on the top half which represents the Three Wise Men whose bones are housed in the magnificent cathedral. The bottom half of the coat of arms has 11 tears representing 11 virgins that where given to Attila the hum during the encirclement of...

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Jun 11, 2017 - Day 3: Cologne, Germany

Our third day on the Rhine, and we have already passed from the Netherlands into Germany. This morning, we approach Cologne mid-morning. Watching from our balcony, I was first surprised to see a massive FORD Motors plant along the banks of the river. The entire complex must have stretched for nearly a mile. Adjacent was a refinery complex; whether that was part of the FORD property I don't know, but I suspect not. Soon after, Cologne came into view along with the many church steeples of the city. We passed under a large multi-use bridge...

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May 2, 2017 - Cologne

Breakfast at the hotel, updated the travel blog, sent off a couple post cards, packed my bags and off to the train station to continue my journey. Today it is off to Cologne will have one night there then will be on to Hamburg. It is another cloudy day looks like more rain but will be on the train. A nice train ride through the country side, lots of vineyards and castles can be seen along the river, also saw a lot of river cruise boats. Got into Cologne and the rain had stopped, a short walk to my hotel, checked in and out to see the...

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Dec 16, 2016 - Cologne

1am connect with Letitia and Emily. 3am - live stream 3.30am - watched Letitia and Andrew get married in Auckland. Big congratulations Mr & Mrs Williams. Little sleep... Morning tea at the chocolate museum with Ben and Aimee (NZ) - Lindt hot chocolates and waffles. Midday and road trip to Dusseldorf.

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Where is Shirley?

Sep 30, 2016 - So it turns out I like beer....

I’ve just pulled into Zbaszynek … yep – I have no idea how to pronounce it either…. It’s 8.50am and I’ve just woken up after a bumpy night sleep on the 23hr13 Sparpreis Europa departure from Koln to Warsaw. Dad would have been disappointed to hear that the train didn’t abide by the tradition of German efficiency and departed at least 7 minutes late… shock horror! So the first solo stop on my epic journey has finished as I spent nearly 3 days in Cologne. Arriving early evening I headed straight down to my hostel which was a little way out...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Eau de Cologne

After a leisurely breakfast, I finish writing and posting the Amsterdam journal just as we are leaving the port. We are headed to Cologne through canals that will ultimately get us to the Rhine. Lunch is a buffet with a mix of typical fare and local dishes. I try the Bittenbal, a Netherlands dish of shredded veal and spices, breaded and then deep fried and served with mustard. They are very tasty bite size morsels, like a croquette. Over lunch we hear the story of Paul’s early morning adventure. Apparently still suffering jetlag and a fuzzy...

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Aug 20, 2015 - Tour day 13 - Paris

Well Dave and I both woke up about 6ish and rolled over and went back to sleep. We then didn't wake up until 8.30am - oh well looks like we are not doing the tour. Drag our butts out of bed and down for breaky. It is pissing down with rain outside - not a pleasant looking day. So we decided not to rush and take it easy. Went back to our room and grabbed our very special brolley (thanks D) and caught the underground to the Effiel Tower - decided to get that out of the way before the crowds start (Parisians are late starters - majority of...

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Our European/UK Trip

Aug 6, 2015 - Cologne, Germany

Being in 3 countries in one day calls for quick cultural adjustment and mental switching on and off of languages. English in the morning, Dutch and French in the afternoon, German in the evening. Between John and I, we had the first three covered, but German is lost on us (or we are in over our heads in Germany). Stepping out of the train station we are struck by the beauty of the Dom, right there at our feet. The fashion, attitude and language have changed: mowhawks (yep, they're still popular and trendy in the land of Nina Hagen);...

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Jul 5, 2015 - Train Ride To Cologne

We took a train ride to Cologne, Germany today to visit the Cologne, Cathedral. This was the first train ride for Vickie and Sam while in Germany. They were both excited but the heat really took away a lot of the fun, it was almost 100 degrees on the train. :-) Europe is having a huge heat wave, we are hoping for rain soon to cool everything down. Once we arrived in Cologne we walked a short distance to the awesome Cologne Cathedral. We took pictures on the outside first before visiting inside. The stained glass windows inside are...

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Jun 12, 2015 - Cologne Germany

Cologne was once a Roman settlement called Colonia Agrippina. Fragments of Roman ruins in some parts of the city are still visible as is the Roman Tower near the cathedral which was once part of the medieval town walls. The city also boasts Romanesque churches, a Renaissance city hall and the remnants of an ancient Jewish mikvah (a ritual bathhouse). Our tour today took us through the immense Cologne cathedral, to the street Schildergasse, famous for "eau de cologne" invented in 1709 by Italian Giovanni Maria Farina. He said the smell...

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Jun 6, 2015 - Amsterdam and beyond

Today I decided to see what I could of Amsterdam but to also see some of the surroundings of Holland. I took off early walking and saw the flower market, then decided to have my breakfast of Holland pancakes. Walked around some more getting turned around a few times. Decided to walk through the Red Light district before catching the tour bus for the afternoon. Had very nice afternoon of going through 3 small country villages. Saw windmills, how to make cheese as well as how to make wooden shoes. Ate dinner of fish and chips in fishing...

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Beth's European Trip

Jun 5, 2015 - Amsterdam

Woke up early with my incredible view of the canal. After the nice B&B breakfast,went for stroll down one of the main streets near where I am staying to exchange money and souvenir shop. In early afternoon, went to have my nails redone since I go straight to the AMA meeting in Chicago. That was a 3 hour ordeal, but at least my nails look nice. I decided then I was game to rent a bike and go exploring,. Which went ok except the bike was not very good. A thunderstorm came up so I ate dinner in the main Amsterdam Dept store, then rode home in...

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Beth's European Trip

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