Hotel Destination 21
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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 ...
... 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 ...
... Just after 8pm, I jumped on the train to travel the last 15 minutes to Duisburg and I was greeted by Denise Pinno and her parents Willi and Marita. Willi is my father Rainer's cousin so you can work out the connection!
We drove back to their house where we got to know each other and shared travel stories from America and Canada. They have also done quite a bit of travelling and even had a few Canadian number plates stuck on the bedroom wall! It's a small world after ...
... is the captain and Jürgen helps out so we were up in Captains quarters for the entire ride. It was great. We saw more of the harbour and watched the weather change from sun to rain to rainbows to sun.
Once the cruise was over, we drove back to the cool house and had dinner. It was very delicious. After having ice cream for desert we watched a show about Alberta National Parks on Television.
At 10:45 PM it was finally time for bed!