Cologne

We had three nights in Cologne, an ancient city which used to be a Roman outpost. We stayed in another Airbnb place – this time with a guy called Dietmar, who was a lot of fun.

 

Us with Dietmar (dressed up for Carneval)
Us with Dietmar (dressed up for Carneval)

 

 

On our first night we managed to find a place which served sushi and curry, making both Reubs and I very happy!  On our first day we walked through the rain (one of only a few true downpours on our whole trip) into town, where we visited the vast Gothic Cologne Cathedral, where the remains of the three Wise men are supposed to be.

 

 

Us outside the vast cathedral
Us outside the vast cathedral

 

Beautiful stained glass inside the cathedral
Beautiful stained glass inside the cathedral

 

The cathedral on a nicer day
The cathedral on a nicer day

 

After that we went to the Roman museum – we were expecting a small museum but there was a large collection of relics found from Roman times when Cologne was a settlement called Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium- we found this really interesting.  That night Dietmar took us out to try Kolsch beer – we had a great night out with him and his friend Michael.

 

At the Roman museum
At the Roman museum

 

Roman relics
Roman relics

 

On our second day in Cologne we walked into town taking a different route, and stumbled onto a church which had Roman ruins in its basement! We explored here then wandered down past the river and back into town for lunch.

 

 

Down by the river
Down by the river

 

Here, we found the Lego store, which was a source of great delight for us. (We had been planning to go to Denmark to visit Legoland until we found out it was closed until March!)  The picture above is of people we made – two of them are supposed to be us. See if you can work out which ones!

 

Karen makes friends
Karen makes friends

 

Reubs playing with the pick and mix!
Reubs playing with the pick and mix!

 

After that we went to see the ruins of the Praeterorium, where the city’s governor had lived.  Our last stop for the day was the Ludwig gallery, a large modern art gallery that had a really interesting David Hockney exhibit as well as a substantial collection of other modern artists’ works.

 

The Praetorium
The Praetorium

 

Picasso in the gallery
Picasso in the gallery

 

 

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    Aww, they’re adorable! You’re making me want Lego 🙂

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  2. hayley says:

    The ones with the beer glass and goblet are you guys… obviously

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  3. Mum Bunn says:

    Lots of variety in Cologne! Something for the children, something for the historians, something for the religous, something for the drinkers.

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