Ibis Duesseldorf City
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... 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 ...
... tall narrow glasses, starting at 200ml - unlike their Bavarian cousins who start at 500ml!!
Before dinner we had a farewell Captains Cocktail Party on board followed by a Farewell Captain's Dinner (a 5 star 5 course dinner to die for). Afterwards there was a dance party in the lounge and membes of the crew joined in - great fun, & a few sore heads in the morning (not mentioning any names ...
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 ...
... just how many differences I noticed, and it was very useful to have this week to get used to another school system, especially as my grammar school education was very strict in comparison!
This week I also observed my first non-bilingual class, which was very interesting as there is a stark difference between the two levels! I would definitely want my child to be in a bilingual class if I were a parent! I think the major difference ...
... that night, Tina, our host made us a special German dinner called Linsen Und Spatzle which is a lentil stew with noodles made of egg and flour. The next morning I rode bikes (finally!) with Tina to the grocery store to buy some German chocolate and I then I was on my way back to Toledo.
(pictures to come later!)