Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Adventures in Cologne

Hello lovely blog friends, how is everyone today? Wonderful I hope!

I am blogging today from our hotel room in Cologne. It's a beautiful day here today, the weather is fantastic! But I needed a break from walking, so I thought I'd share some of the pictures I've taken so far from this trip. The forecast said it was supposed to be cloudy all day, but God has graced us with sunshine and no clouds today. He is good!!

Last night I arrived around 8:00 p.m. by train. It was my first time to take a train to another city (other than Frankurt) alone. But thanks to my friend Yve and the Kings of Leon, it actually wasn't a bad experience. The only frantic moment I had was when I arrived at the Frankfurt station and had to change trains, I had exactly THREE minutes to make my next train. So you can imagine the sheer panic I had when I saw that my train for Cologne had already arrived at the station and I was on the opposite side of the tracks. Luckily I just followed some random crowd and found a flight of stairs that took me across the tracks, to my train, where I jumped in the first seat I could find just in time for the train to leave. Whew. Good times!

When I arrived Jon was waiting for me, we dropped my stuff off at the hotel, and made our way to the Dom. If you've been reading our blog for a while, you've probably seen this cathedral in some earlier posts. But for my new readers and my faithful readers and my lovely picture lovin' readers; here is the Dom, once again (or for the first time), for your viewing pleasure.

After seeing this massive beauty, we went to a fantastic steak restaurant called Farmer's Steakhouse. Mind you, we haven't had good steak in forever, so let me tell ya'll, this was a real treat. My mouth just waters looking at this photo.

After dinner we walked through the town, window shopping. They have some awesome shopping here in this city. Too bad we're saving for our trip home, or we'd both be maxing out the cc's! ;)

Today we both got up early, as Jon had to be at work early, and grabbed breakfast at McDonalds. Oh ya, you read that right!! The McDonalds here is directly across the street from the cathedral. You can site see while you eat a sausage, egg, and cheese McMuffin and drink your morning coffee.

I walked Jon to work and then made my way back to the Dom for some picture taking.
I love the fall trees and leaves!As you walk across the Hohenzollern Bridge you come across thousands of locks. The locks symbolize love. Actually...... while I was on the bridge I witnessed a couple attaching a lock with their names engraved on it. It was pretty darn sweet, minus the make-out session they had afterward. Here are pictures from the bridge.

I was completely mesmerized by all of these locks, I must have read about 200 of them.
I just think it's such a neat idea.

I slowly made my way back to the center and planned on going inside of the Dom, but my camera battery decided to quit on me. (Only because I forgot to charge it before we left.) So here I am now waiting for it to fully charge so that I can take pictures of the interior and more of the front of the cathedral during the day, which I will post tomorrow.

Tonight Jon and I finally get our much anticipated MEXICAN FOOD fiesta! I can't wait. Talk about one happy-but-soon-to-be-chubby-from-all-of-the-chips-and-salsa-and-Mexican-beer wife! I hope ya'll will stop by tomorrow to see some more pictures from our adventure to Cologne (Köln to all the German folk).

Have a great Wednesday!


Annie said...

how awesome are all those locks! you got some great photos.
the cathedral is beautiful!!
the steak dinner looks so yummy!!
enjoy your mexi fiesta tonight11

Sweet Simplicity said...

I love the lock pictures. What a neat idea. I'm starving and can't wait for lunch. Now I'm craving steak and mexican food!

JG said...

Can't wait to see more! Thanks for explaining the locks - I just saw them on facebook. That really is a cool idea. I like it.

Jax said...

I said "aww" out loud about the locks-that's awesome. I absolutely love that idea! And your pics are breathtaking... wow! I hope the sun stays out for you guys and you continue to have a fabulous day! Loving reading about your adventures, girly.

Katie said...

that baked potato looks to die for! And I would of had a panic attack if I only had 3 minutes to switch trains!

Jessica said...

Those pictures are all breathtaking (even the steak) I can't imagine what it must be like to actually be there! Have fun and enjoy the Mexican tonight.... I'll be partaking in the same here in OK!

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

Wow, the Dom is beautiful!! I love the locks, how cool is that!

Lindsey said...

Gorgeous pics! And that food looks SO yummy!!

Emma-leigh said...

ewww.. the food looked great and the lock thing was very interesting!! Looks like you had a blast.

Anonymous said...

I wanna see that cathedral now! Awesome pics!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I love the locks! I want to go there now, just so I can place a lock there.

Abbie said...

Oh Steph those pictures of the Dom at night are absolutely stunning!! I cannot wait to see the ones you take of the interior!

Glad you're having a great time!

Lil' Woman said...

Gorgeous pictures....ahhh, I want to be there! :)

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