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... along the boardwalk and scouted two potential dining spots. I will not bore you with more food pics; suffice it to say the meal was good - not exceptional. The setting was great along the Rhine in an old family run Gasthof Adler.
Tomorrow will be an easy drive back to Dan and Andrea's place - something under three hours.
Hope everyone is having a good Remembrance Day remembering what it was all about those many years ago!!
... back in Cologne. It is nice to be feel normal, have energy, not want to take a nap every 30 minutes...so, we slept in a little and then headed to town for breakfast. We asked for an American breakfast (snobs?) and she sent us to a hotel about a block away. Actually it was a lot like the food on board but we had a hard boiled egg - and then it's fun to be in the big city. Luckily we are near the city ...
... tells the story. Europe has so much history.
We arrived in Cologne at noon, and after another delicious lunch we headed off on a tour of the city, which is dominated by the Cologne Cathedral. One word for the Cathedral - WOW!!! Us Catholics sure know how to spend the peasants money!!...:-)
We stopped at a local cafe & tried the local beer, Kolsch, which they traditionally ...
... the city hall dating back to 1200 although it has been extended twice with different architectural style. It has been rebuilt after being extensively damaged by allied bombing in WWII. The highlight was the Cologne cathedral, which is the second tallest church in Germany, is a magnificent structure. It took 600 years to build, starting in 1260 and not finishing until 1880 (although there was a period of 200 years when no work was done because they ran out of money). Some ...
... is going to skip this tour since it has about 100 small, narrow steps involved, and also a long climb up the hill. His knee is just not up to it, so I'll go with Kath and Ric. Tomorrow afternoon should be the most scenic part of the cruise, as we're supposed to see spectacular views as we sail along the Middle Rhine. (I think this must be a part that you see on the Viking commercials!) Hope to post some good pictures tomorrow.