“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
Another day of meetings and another day of sightseeing while walking to the meetings. The little bit of Cologne I got to see was utterly beautiful and luckily I spend my life walking around with my camera in one hand!
So I,m going to take you on a little walking tour of Cologne……
Along the river!…………
Through the old town………..
To my favourite part of town with its rainbow buildings and beautiful churches!…….
I walked past Colognes cathedral at least four times a day and each time I was amazed by its size and beauty. It can be seen from nearly every point in the city centre and from many places elsewhere: The magnificent Cologne Cathedral hovers above the roofs and chimneys of the city. It is not only used as a point of orientation but is the pride of the people in Cologne. The panorama of the city has been dominated by the Cathedral’s gigantic pair of towers (the North Tower (157.38 m) is 7 cm higher than the South Tower) since their completion in 1880.
The Cathedral is still the second highest building in Cologne after the telecommunications tower. Its footprint is no less impressive, with the full length of the Cathedral measuring 145 m and the cross nave 86 m. In comparison, a football pitch is “only” around 100 by 70 m. The total area of the Cathedral measures almost 8000 square metres and has room for more than 20,000 people.
Sunset from the hotel!
Eventually, our trip was coming to an end, we were exhausted but thought for our last evening we would go for a glass of wine. I really can’t get across how exhausted we were from this trip. I literally slept the whole weekend once we got back, I have never been so tired in all my life!
I wish I could remember what we ate but I can’t I do know that we opted for a German meal but that’s it, sorry!
Smiling but dying on the inside, the sunglasses were purely to hide the bags under my eyes.
We took a slow stroll along the river back to our hotel as we had to be up at 4am for our flight back to the UK and there is no rest for the wicked as we grabbed our bags at Manchester airport and went straight back to the office.
Sunset along the river, Cologne surprisingly stole a little of my heart and has given me such a strong desire to explore some more of German, as soon as I finish this blog post I am off to book a flight to Berlin.