On Monday 3rd August I travelled to Köln, Germany, via the Eurostar to spend three nights and four days with my cousin Franklin. Franklin lives in Germany with his mother, and is a native German speaker, therefore it was like having my own tour guide! Check out what we got up to, as well as the vlog that we made (above). Viel Vergnügen!
Monday 3rd August
First a quick stop in Brussels, Belgium
First sight of the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) after leaving Köln Hauptbahnhof (the main station)
First meal at Shaka Zulu – delicious South African street food
Tuesday 4th August
Breakfast at Back Werk bakery. Franklin was complaining about the sliced bread in the UK, and took me to a bakery so I could enjoy ‘real bread’. Safe to say it was delicious!
The tram station outside. Unfortunately the weather was miserable throughout the day, even though it was ridiculously hot all of the other days we were there!
Inside the Schokoladenmuseum Köln (chocolate museum/factory) – a homage to our Queen on a blown up chocolate wrapper!
The tropical forest inside the museum, showing where chocolate comes from.
Entering the Lindt chocolate factory… the smell was unbelievable!
Travelling in “colonial style” – there was a lot of history on how the colonised people who picked the cocoa beans were treated and represented.
Outside the museum as we walked to the city centre.
The NS-Dokumentationszentrum der Stadt Köln (Nazi Documentation Center) – formerly a house turned into a prison by the Gestapo
The basement bunker – only used by the Gestapo. If the bomb siren went off, the prisoners remained in their rooms while the people that imprisoned them ran to safety.
Anti-Jewish propaganda. It disturbs me how similar these drawings are to the islamaphobic images we see on a daily basis on the internet or via print form. Lets hope history never repeats itself…
After leaving, we went to Bento Box – a sushi restaurant
Walking back to our apartment we could see the Cathedral. It truly does tower over the rest of the city.
After a nap we went to na Senzala – a Brazilian restaurant and cocktail bar
Wednesday 5th August
As a Londoner, these were the bane of my life. In Germany you can be fined or have your license removed if you jay-walk, so it doesn’t look like you’d be able to make a speedy getaway here!
Nice to see that there are others that support the Palestinian people around Europe
Köln city centre – so many amazing shops! Check out my vlog to see what clothes I bought.
A very interesting film poster. It might sound odd, but I respect the fact that the German people don’t completely ignore their history. Films like this show that it is still a topic of conversation in what is now an ethnically diverse country!
Hohenzollernbrücke (the Hohenzollern bridge). These soldiers on horses guarded all four of the corners.
Hohenzollernbrücke is covered in locks of loved ones. The oldest lock we found was from 1975!
A view from the bridge
Walking back through the city
The underground of the city – it pains me to admit it is a LOT cleaner than London!
Thrift shopping in a local charity shop
Our final night in Köln was spent at Sausalitos – a Mexican restaurant and bar. My one regret is not trying more German food, but Köln is such a multicultural city that it was filled with too many other delicious foods from around the world.
Excuse the flash, Franklin!
Thursday 6th August
My final day. On the way to the station I really started to notice the beauty of Köln. Old is constantly mixed with new, and there is art and sculptures everywhere you turn.
I had an amazing time with my cousin Franklin (as always) and I can’t wait for him to come stay in London or for me to travel back to Germany. I would really recommend the city of Köln as it is full of culture and history, delicious food and activities for people of any age to enjoy! Make sure you add it to your bucket list.
With love from London,