Mmmmm Pastries

Trip Start Jul 01, 2011
Trip End Aug 18, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Saturday, August 13, 2011

Let me start by describing the German pastries. Everywhere you look there are apple fritters, "Berliner" donuts, plum fritters, croissants, Danishes, it is a pastry nation of epic proportions.  So, you can guess what breakfast consisted of for Chris (I was holding out for the Nutella crepe—my all-time favourite treat).  We continued with the window shopping and had to run for cover a few times because of the rain.  Shopping fell off my radar when I saw German wheat beer so we stopped for one along the Rhine River.  Not only did we enjoy the beer, but we had our first introduction to the many bachelor and bachelorette parties we were going to see today.   They guys seemed to be a little more out of control though.   Things are a little different.  It seemed to us that they were raising money for the drinking they were going to be doing throughout the night.  For enough money, a groom-to-be would shave his legs (not a pretty sight), you could through ice cream cakes at him, take photos with him (as most were dressed in ridiculously crazy outfits) and buy bachelor souvenirs from him.  I think we must have seen at least 30 different wedding parties there to say goodbye to their single friends.  Our train to Amsterdam left at seven so we grabbed a salad for dinner (it is oddly hard to find a 'normal' salad in any restaurant we’ve been to) and made our way to the train station.  A quick stop over through Cologne, but a lovely taste of Germany.
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