Ibis Koeln Messe
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We had a great sleep last night in our little third floor pension which we found online. The bed was great as was this mornings European breakfast. After checking out, we walked through Haslach and took a few photos of this neat little Black Forest town.
Heading north, we passed through Lichtenau and of course had to stop at 7 Sommerfeld Strasse, our first home away from home (1975-78) The Murphy gang might remember that there was an Edeka grocery ...
... waiter last night was homesick and missed his new baby, he is from the Philippines, very young guy - maybe 30 - so we inquire - turns out he has 4 kids, 2 ex-wives, and this new wife with the two newest kids. WOW. Life sure can be complicated - oh, and his dad has cancer. So, he works on the ship for 6 months and then goes home for 2 - something like that, depends on their seniority. These people have ...
Early this morning, about 4.30, we sailed passed Frankfurt and onto Cologne, berthing at about 1pm. We opted for the city walking tour which was about 1.5 hour duration. We learnt about the history of Cologne, or Koln as it is called in Germany. With a population of 1 million, it's the 4th biggest city in Germany (behind Berlin, Hamberg, Munich). The Romans established a settlement at this location on the Rhine about 2000 years ago and it has has continuous settlement ever ...
... in... nope! That's an Australian website! Screw you Eurail!! So we left Poland and arrived in Berlin sans Eurail pass. Sigh... As already noted (see Berlin blog entry) we took some time off in Berlin, but were eventually forced into action. "Oh! Its okay, there is a "Euraide" Office in the Berlin train station according to their website. Surely they can help". That is what aid means yeah? With all of these different languages and experiences I am getting confused. Anyway, so we ...
... incredible Cathedral front and centre! We arrived in Köln and grabbed some lunch and then met Stephie at her hotel :) We caught up for a bit and then hit town! First Stephie took us to the Christmas markets which were beautiful!!!! All the lights and decorations- and sooo many people! Stephie bought us mulled wine to try too which was a real treat ;) and Köln Cathedral, oh my goodness no words ...