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La journée a débuté du bon pied avec un dernier repas à notre hôtel appart berlinois. Nous avons apprécié cette hôtel et surtout le beau travail d'Assan, notre homme de ménage. Hier, nous lui avons laissé un bon tip et en échange, il a quitté avec toutes les bouteilles vides que nous accumulions sur le comptoir. À 0.25$ de consignes par bouteille ( …
... and parades take place. After spending over an hour in the costume store on Thursday afternoon trying to find costumes and debating on how "all out" we needed to go, we ended up leaving the store with only a few hats and accessories... Big MISTAKE on our part.. Little did we know, that everyone aged 1-80 would be in costume that weekend..
We started the celebrations on Saturday in Bonn, Germany, a small town about 30 minutes outside of Cologne (because that is ...
... and hundreds of horses too! Everything was so colourful and the crowd was so loud and excited, it was a great atmosphere! We stayed through the entire parade - which lasted around 5 and a half hours! - and enjoyed every minute! It was a long day, and we did get rather cold, but it was entirely worth it to experience a proper German tradition!
Here are some facts my Mummy sent me afterwards - it is shocking just how big the carnival really is!
The elderly couple managed to climb 533 steps to the top of Cologne Cathedral this morning so despite the adverse comments yesterday we are not quite dead yet. A very tiring day spent wandering round Cologne, quite a nice city with lots of squares and car free zones. Most of the buildings are new on account of some work done by the British in 1944. After the cathedral and a huge German lunch of ham hock, a ...
... that very few people are capable of in today's world. Inside is nothing to sneeze at, either, and one can visit a treasury beneath the church to see some of it's prized possessions (no cameras allowed), and then you can travel the opposite direction and climb the 533 stairs to the top of one of the spires.
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