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Destination 7: Cologne/ Köln
After all the dingdongs in Paris, we headed straight to Cologne, Germany. It was a 3 hours train ride from Paris to Cologne, and I swear that we actually passed through Brussels. But Google Maps thinks otherwise. Well, you get the idea anyway~ :)
January 1st, 2010. We left Paris at about 1pm to reach Cologne Hauptbahnhof, Germany at 4pm and spend some time with En. Bakar & Cik Su (Remember them from my Antwerp visit?) before they leave the city for another destination. It was rainy that evening so I decided to let my camera rest for a while before torturing it again under snowy condition. After sending both En. Bakar & Cik Su off, the three of us focused solely on getting a good rest for the next day.
January 2nd, 2010. We left our hostel early to catch the so called golden hour and our very first shot was done beside the Hohenzollernbridge. The park was empty that morning, and we found just a nice spot to capture as a remembrance of the three of us in Cologne.
A couple of minutes walk led us to a statue, which is one of four riders from the Hohenzollern family that guards the Hohenzollern bridge. The other three reside at every end of the bridge.
Next is the highlight of town itself, the Hohenzollern bridge. A more detailed story of the bridge can be found here but it is sufficient to say that the bridge is famous among tourists as it has tonnes of padlocks that couples and lovebirds put as a symbol of their love.
Local kids crossing the Rhine river via the bridge to head to The Dom Cathedral for a play.
A building nearby the bridge. The patterns are simply adorable!!!
Next is the Martinsquare. Here is where you can find town houses from Cologne’s medieval era.
I interrupt the broadcast for awhile with some Tap Tap Revenge 3 session by Zura (was waiting for the nightfall in a nearby Starbucks).
These were the shots that we were waiting for (more of I instead of We, actually). A special thank you to both Zura & Shah for willingly *cough* *cough* be there with me to secure these shots…
The lightings were insane, right? The DOM looked totally like a fairy tale castle while Hohenzollern bridge proved itself to be an epic structure of the town. Postcard material you say? you betcha!!! :D
Another shot of the DOM accompanied by the Great St. Martin Church.
The amazing Hohenzollern bridge at night
We then wrapped up our night tour with a visit to The Hard Rock Cafe.
January 3rd, 2010. Our last day in Cologne before we head back to Brussels. This is the day that we dedicated ourselves to conquer the DOM tower’s 509 steps of it’s spiral staircase. The views up there, were astonishing!!
This shot was taken, about half way to the top. Can you spot the horsemen at the sides of the bridge?
almost to the top…
This is how it looks like in the top of the tower. One of my personal favorite from the trip.
I now conclude this log with smiles 100 meters off the ground.