Last weekend, we took a day trip to Cologne to visit a friend. Naturally, the first thing you do after exiting the train station is go to the cathedral.
We couldn’t get in to really see the interior of the cathedral, because it was Sunday, also known as church day, so we decided to climb the tower. Pay 3 euros, they said. It will be easy, they said.
Well, no one really said it would be easy. They also didn’t say that it would be ridiculously hard, and not for the weak or elderly, with nowhere to rest as you’re on your way. Lots of vertigo and lots of sweat. Sherbet and Sparkles describes a similar recent visit.
But hey – nice view.
Of course, we also walked along the lock bridge, where lovers engrave their names on locks and throw the key into the river. Does not sound like the kindest metaphor for being in a relationship, but people seem to dig it:
And, because people seem to like food photos, here is some food that we ate. When in Köln, you are meant to order Kölsch, the local beer.
The Cologne accent is slightly different than what we are used to. We were assured that people in Cologne are very nice, compared to some other places in Germany (where certain people….who have blogs about being Hausfraus in Germany…might live….). Everyone did seem relatively friendly…but we couldn’t understand a word that they said. “Bitte” becomes “Bitt-ay” and confused looks ensue.
It’s only a little over 2 hours away from us, so hopefully we will be back someday to explore more of the city.