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After Trier, we headed to Cologne to see the cathedral. Cologne is a big city and we had a heck of time finding the parking and then lugging our stuff into the hotel--a little stressful :). Once we got settled, we headed straight to the cathedral. It's a bit like the grand canyon in that you can't appreciate just how big it is until you experience in person. I couldn't get far enough back to get the ...
... it started. I enjoyed Dutch - I managed to read a whole article about global warming, and how this year is the warmest year on record so far. It is very similar to English, and you can get the gist of what people are saying or writing most of the time. I really expected German to be the same, or more so. Some football game had been lost or won while we were in Cologne, so there were lots of rowdy men in soccer jerseys, chanting and drinking on the ...
... nice weather as a good excuse to have an ice cream or two as there are lots of shops selling some delicious verities.
After lunch I walked up the river side towards the city centre, this area was very busy with people eating at the outdoor cafes or just relaxing and watching the boats pass by.
The river Rhine is a working river, there is a constant flow of barges and pleasure boats traveling up and down the river, the barges were enormous and ...
... my way onto the subway then onward to the hotel I had booked.
The hotel was a Courtyard by Marriott about 5 miles out of the city but was a nice easy journey. The hotel was very modern and seemed to be near to many modern buildings and big company offices, I was greeted by a concierge who directed me to the check in desk, the lady on reception was really nice and it was a very efficient check in and I was given all ...
... to do a boat trip on the river Rhine. The boat trip would have been a complete waste of time (I couldn't hear the guide at all the man must have been whispering!) if it hadn't been a group of elderly pensioners! There were about 6-7 school friends doing a trip together and were so lovely and friendly. One of the guys spoke very good English, but I spoke to him in German. He and his friends gave me their own personal tour of Cologne, told me what I should visit ...