Monday, 14 April 2014

The Bentleys Abroad {Part 3} and Malcolm's birthday {Part 2)

Day three in Germany, and also Malcolm's birthday, was spent with long amounts of sitting, followed by long amounts of walking.

We set off eeeearly (we had to catch a bus a full hour earlier than our train left in order to make it on time) and arrived at the station while it was still dark. Nothing coffee and chocolate croissants can't improve.

We caught our first of three trains for the day, and slowly made our way to Cologne. It was a pretty good trip despite the misty and rainy weather, and the scenery along the Lahn is just beautiful.

Since we arrived at Hauptbahnhof and wanted to catch the tram line 4, we needed to cross the Deutz bridge, where we got to check up on our love lock. I'm so glad that we took note of where we locked it on because red is most definitely the favourite colour. We found it, and although it's rusted, it's good to know that our 5euro investment in ensuring our love remains for ever was still secure.

Cologne Messe-Deutz Love Lock

We made our way to the Ubahn and headed to Dunnwald; the neighbourhood that holds so many memories, so many happy Summer memories, and so many lonely and confused memories too. It was nice to walk up the road happily, with mum and dad and Malcolm around me.

We stopped by the house we stayed in, and seeing Ellen and Wolfgang's silhouettes in the window, we went to the door to say hullo. We had a great mini-catch-up, and then went back on our way to the forest. We found a bench and had a picnic brunch while watching people jog and cycle and walk past. So very active!

Afterwards, we had some time to look at some of the animals before our bus would arrive... the wildschweine and the deer were unfortunately too far away to get a good look at, but dad's zoom-lense is pretty impressive.

We caught a bus and then tram back into the city centre. Back at the Messe Deutz station, daddy finally got his first real German pretzel (and wasn't quite sure how to pose for a photo with it when I asked him to), as opposed to mum's homemade ones which taste just as good. As we were nearing the bridge to cross over back to the Aldstadt, we noticed the viewing tower that we'd thought about going up, but didn't before. Not knowing when we'd do it if not then, we went up. The view is incredible, even though it was so misty.

We crossed back over the Deutz bridge, and then walked a little along the Rhine before taking an alleyway to Gross St Martins church. There we left a note to say hullo to Margaret, and mum and dad got to rub Tünnes' and Schäl's noses for good luck.

Cologne Messe-Deutz Love Lock

We sat in the Markt platz drinking Kolsch. Despite the chilly wind, it was lovely... a couple walked past from the town hall where they had got married, and there were tour groups all over. A trip to Koln wouldn't be complete without a stop at our favourite ice-cream shop, and we sat by the little Heinzelmännchen statue looking up to the Cathedral ahead.

After a walk (a very dramatic one for the camera) on real Roman paving and taking group photos for people in the square, we got closer and closer to the Cathedral. We listened to a man playing music, still there since Summer, and a guy attempting to dance to it. There were protesters outside the cathedral, though not very many and I couldn't decipher their cause. Inside, my breath was taken away again by the grandeur of it all. I've become accustomed to the cathedral here, but I was reminded that it really is dwarfed by the Kolner Dom.

We had time still to get some Curry-Wurst to eat on the platform while waiting for another train... curry wurst is by no means my favourite, but, when in the train station it just seems appropriate.

We boarded the train, and the half hour trip to Bonn seemed so short in comparison to the 4 hours we'd been travelling that morning. We were greeted at the station by Tante Ursel and Onkel Arno who then showed us to the hotel they'd booked for us.

That evening after supper, since it was still Malcolm's birthday and Tante Ursel hadn't forgotten that fact, Malcolm got another birthday cake... lots of chocolate cake, cream and cherries.


  1. Such gorgeous pictures!! Love the lock that you put up! So awesome! I want to do all this one day! =)

  2. Beautiful pictures!! I love the lock thing, I want to do that so bad! Maybe my next trip (because I'm such a world traveler....just kidding I never go anywhere)

  3. looks like such a wonderful weekend - and i love seeing your parents running about with the two of you :) also: how awesome that you got to go back to your love lock - i wonder how many times you'll revisit??

  4. lovely! happy belated birthday malcolm! glad your being spoiled with lots of cake ;) we saw that little music man on the side of the koln cathedral when we went in february!

  5. Thanks... pictures are my Dad's! :) And I'm so glad that our lock is still there!

  6. Haha, just start your own love lock bridge or something :)

  7. It's so nice to have them with us!!
    I hope we get to visit it often, since Cologne is such a favourite city!

  8. Oh he definitely got plenty of cake!
    And wow, he played through the winter? He must be one tough guy!

  9. i keep checking your blog - i miss your updates!

  10. Aww! I've been reading some blogs while on buses or when I have a moment, but am unable to comment on my phone... but I'm back and will be catching up next week :)