Back at Christmas time Mr. and I had the privilege of visiting Cologne kid-free on a romantic get-a-way thanks to some very special friends of ours being willing to keep our girls for us! (Or as the Germans call it Köln.) As I was planning for my family to come and visit I decided that my Mom and I should go!
We got to take the train there which actually took twice as long as driving. One perk, though, was that a portion of the train ride was along the Rhein! I’ve driven ‘Castle Road’ several times, but never on the side of the Rhein that our train ride was one. It was really neat to see all the castles from another perspective!
We started our day with a guided tour around Cologne which was a lot of fun!
One of the very special places that we got to visit on our guided tour was St. Maria’s church.
After our guided tour was over my Mom and I headed to the Chocolate Museum! It was a lot of fun! Although it probably wasn’t the most wise move considering it was lunch time and we were both very hungry! We ended up buying quite a bit of chocolate!!
One really cool thing at the Museum is that you can ‘design’ your own chocolate bar. Basically you fill out a form of what you want chocolate wise and what you’d want mixed in. Then you can watch them make your chocolate bar! After about 30 minutes or so it is all yours! So much fun! If you’d like to see more from the Chocolate Museum you can click HERE.
After our chocolate fun, though, it was most definitely time for lunch!
After lunch it was time for the Dom Zu Cologne! You simply can’t visit Cologne with out seeing this beauty! Most definitely one of my very favorite Cathedrals!
Pictures don’t do this cathedral justice. It is impossible to capture the massiveness of it in a photograph! When Andy and I visited before it was Christmas Eve and there were services being held so we weren’t able to tour inside with out feeling like we were being disruptive. This time, though, my Mom and I were able to. It was spectacular!
To see more of the Cathedral you can view the entire album HERE.
After we toured the Cathedral (we had wanted to do a guided tour, but we were too late for that) we decided to visit the Roman Museum. I am so glad we did! I think it was probably my favorite thing from the day!!
To view more pictures from our time at the Roman Museum (i took A LOT) you can click HERE.
After the Roman Museum we still had a few hours until it was time for our train and so we decided to go and visit a Eis Cafe. We found a really great one with some of the best gelato I’ve had over here. Its funny how pick you can get about gelato and how you have favorite cafes to visit. Anyways! As we were eating my Mom discovered that she had a HUGE (like half-dolls size) piece of glass in her ice cream! And, unfortunately, it had cut her tongue pretty well. The owners of the shop felt terrible! They even offered to take my Mom to the hospital (she didn’t need it). They then told us to order whatever we wanted! They were so nice, though, and we knew the glass was an accident! And hey, we got free ice cream! I told my Mom ‘Thanks for taking one for the team!” I am sure she’ll find it a lot more amusing when the swelling on her tongue goes down. 😉
After that we spent a little time shopping. There were a few fun little shops in the train station and we picked up a few goodies to bring home. They have a Dunkin Doughnuts shop at the train station so we picked up some pink doughnuts for the girls for the next morning. Bug and my Dad have this tradition of going to get pink doughnuts whenever they are together, but it really isn’t very easy to do here in Germany. It was pretty neat that we found a way for them to still share that memory!
The train ride home was pretty eventful as well! Our train was very late getting into Cologne and so when we got off to switch trains in Koblenz we were too late for our connection! SO we ended up having to wait an hour for the next train and ended up getting home at 11:30p instead of 10:30p! It was a LONG day. Have I mentioned how glad I was that we didn’t have kids with us?!?
All in all my Mom and I had a fantastic day! It was a great birthday present for her! She said that it is going to be hard for anyone to top it! 🙂 AND I am thankful that I got a day with my Mom ALL to myself. Starting bright and early tomorrow I will get some alone time with my Dad, too, as we are heading out on a Beatles Tour in Liverpool!!! Super excited!