Ibis Koeln Messe
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... castle from the estate but didn't live there. It became an Adolph Hitler school for youths, was badly damaged during WWII, was a railway training school, then lay empty through the 60's and 70's. In the 1980's an eccentric purchased it for 500,000 German Marks, payable in 10 annual instalments, but it is doubtful if he ever paid it. He built some fake organ pipes to impress but he never lived there. Another thing that was fake were all the ...
... mighty river until I boarded the train for Koblenz. The Cathedral seats the Archbishop and was founded in the first century AD. It was the Roman Capital of Germania. There is much information to indicate that it is considered the cultural capital of the Rhineland.During the war it had the daylights bombed out of it.
And remember........."Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world." Gustave Flaubert
Beautiful blue skies this morning but bitterly cold. Before setting off on the drive to Bonn we made a quick tour of central Antwerp to take in some of the sights we missed in the rain the day before. Surprisingly, after the huge meal the night before we were able to partake of a spot of breakfast in the hotel; beautiful smoked salmon and eggs with some fresh fruit and pastries. After this, we quickly packed, checked out and got into the car for the two and ...
... s friends at a birthday party for their priest. That was awesome. A chance to enjoy the company of locals. The next day we moved to stay with Beate and Michael's daughter, Johanna in the city part of Bonn but that day we all spent together walking around the college town. It was the city where Beethoven was born and we got to walk by his house. We saw a beautiful old cathedral where Edith and Josef were married. We saw all the buildings used by the colleges and how carriage ...
The bus pulled up in cologne early evening and the rain that was forecast had already set in for the night. I made the short walk to the hostel, and only ventured out to buy food and beer! My beer for the evening was Krombacher, arguably one of Germany's worst beers! After waiting over 30 minutes for the cooker to be free, I finally managed to make my dinner. I chose against venturing out in the rain and instead had a night in, needing to recover ...