Monday, August 17, 2015

Germany Travel Diary - Cologne

Let today mark the beginning of my travel diaries! If you haven't read my travel diaries before, they're basically posts about what I did while I was traveling, including detailed descriptions of places I visited and lots of pictures. I'll be posting every day with a travel diary (with the exception on normal posting days, Wednesdays and Saturdays) until I've covered all of my recent travels.
I recently got back from my trip to various countries in Europe, I went to Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, and England. I'm going to be blogging in chronological order of the places I visited, starting with Cologne, Germany.


We, "we" meaning my family and I, flew into Cologne, since we were visiting relatives that stayed generally near the city and used this opportunity to do some sightseeing. We arrived at around midday, so the first thing that we did was eat. The city had lots of little cafes, most of which I noticed with ice cream places, where you could sit outside and enjoy all kinds of fancy sundaes. These ice cream places were spotted frequently, so I'm guessing that it's a popular thing in this general region.
Following lunch, we headed to the Cologne Cathedral, which is a massive building, almost as tall as a skyscraper. The Gothic architecture was has lots going on with it, with all the statues and stained glass. The entrance of the building, which is visible in the picture below, but a little difficult to see, reminded me of Notre Dame in Paris, because of the arch with various statues lining it. 

Koln

Cologne

Cologne Cathedral

The interior of the Cathedral had stained glass windows lining the sides and the whole place had symmetry (at least I think, it's been two weeks and I can't exactly remember!). There were statues on the pillars, which is visible in the picture below, and patterned floors.

Cologne

After visiting the Cathedral, we headed to the Old Town, which is basically a cute little riverside town, since rivers were vital to civilization in the past. This part of Cologne reminded me of Amsterdam, because of the colorful houses along the river. However, the architecture, of course, was different, but the atmosphere felt similar to me. Along this area, between these vibrant buildings and the river Rhine, there was an enjoyable mood. There were people sitting on the grass having picnics or just enjoying the weather and there were also people making bubbles, which seemed very popular with the children. These were no ordinary bubbles, some of which were even bigger than my head. The point is, the mood was calming but also enjoyable, it seemed like the perfect place to spend the afternoon.

Cologne

Cologne

Cologne

Koln

By the time that the end of the day neared, we left Cologne, since we weren't staying overnight. We were staying with relatives, who live in another part of Germany, which was a small, but the absolute cutest little town. The next few days we embarked on a road trip, visiting various cities, which will all be in the travel diaries. I'm going to be posting my travel diaries at 8pm EST instead of 3pm, which is my normal posting time, just to give me a little time to work on them after school, since school just started today. Big picture is that you'll be getting travel diaries daily and tomorrow's diary will be venturing into the city of Dresden!

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