Hallo Deutschland!

The angels have a way of keeping you smiling! I didn’t quite know what was going on when the flight attendant boarding us in Dubai tore up my boarding pass but I was over the moon when she nonchalantly handed me a new one – 9A! After a Veuve or two, a Mojito and a lovely meal I settled into my sky bed for the sleep I was so desperately craving!

I thought I was being thrown a bit of emotional balance when my luggage arrived sans walking pole but thankfully after a 30 minute search I tracked it down. I’d had a fleeting “I knew I should have just bought one in Chamonix” moment.

I pushed onto my train trips which saw me arrive at my destination of Cologne around midnight.

My Airbnb host was lovely and the accommodation cosy. I was staying 30 minutes from Cologne’s Central station and so had the good fortune of overlooking farming fields from my elevated room.

My day of sightseeing began with a tour of the Gothic Cologne Cathedral, reputedly one of the largest in Europe and holding the remains of the three wise kings!

Despite my atheism, I am a sucker for listening to music in a cathedral and so was pleased my visit coincided with mass.

I had no plausible reason to not climb the 500+ stairs to one of the twin towers given what laid ahead so up and up I went. My reward was a great view down the Rhine River.

My next stop was the the Romanische Germanic – an expose of Cologne’s and other parts of Germany’s Roman history. A key part of the exhibition was the Dionysus Mosaic, a former banqueting hall floor, which had been uncovered during the construction of a bomb shelter during the war. I really enjoyed the glassware display too.

I was amazed by the 35 000 BC relics also held in the museum until I saw the relics dating back to 100 000 BC. I actually went back to check I hadn’t misread it on the plates!

A short cruise along the Rhine was a great opportunity to take reprieve from the cold – I had definitely not packed for what I was being told was an unseasonably cold August in Germany. It was a nice perspective of the pretty coloured and decorated buildings and Romanesque churches.

I had a walk around the Neumacht, taking in the sights and sounds from a small community market before stopping in a beer house for a Kolsch in its originating city! I could have easily settled into this cosy spot but didn’t … plenty more beer yet to come in Bavaria.

Something that will sit with me from Cologne is the number of homeless people with dogs – and I’m not talking small lap dogs!  I’m not sure if it is a ploy to obtain more money while begging or whether it is for companionship in what must be a very solitary life.

I’d wondered if one day was going to be enough to experience Cologne but although I hadn’t taken a lot of down time I felt I’d gained a good feel for this city, which had once been a very significant base for Germany and it’s forerunners.

I farewelled Cologne resisting the temptation to pick up a token sampler of Eau de Cologne 4711 – a small part of Cologne in my childhood.

 

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

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Sure, we can all do that....

Sure, we can all do that….

Some Bavarian boys out in their lederhosen!

Some Bavarian boys out in their lederhosen!

Romische Germanic  - structures from roman times

Romische Germanic – structures from roman times

Dionysus Mosaic found during bomb shelter construction

Dionysus Mosaic found during bomb shelter construction

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Mixing up the new with the old along the Rhine.

Mixing up the new with the old along the Rhine.

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Enjoying a Kolsch in its home town!

Enjoying a Kolsch in its home town! 

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Pro-Israelis using the train station to get air.

Pro-Israelis using the train station to get air.

My pretty little village.

My pretty little village.

 

 

 

 

About Teesh

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1 Response to Hallo Deutschland!

  1. Karyn Lees says:

    Great to hear how you are going. How lucky getting the upgrade. I’ve tried for years and it never works out.
    How did the conference go?
    My flu has continued so I’ve not done a stitch of exercise for a week and a half!
    Only two more sleeps and I’m on my way. I’m a bit excited. I hope I’ve packed enough for the cold.
    Karyn

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