Our day started very early. The taxi driver met us at 5 am to take us to Gatwick airport. Oma kept E and they will meet up with us next week in Switzerland. As much as we miss our little girl, it has been nice to make it through today with no tantrums! We arrived in Cologne, Germany at 9:30 am.
This is the first time I have traveled out of the country and not had a working knowledge of the primary language. It makes me a bit uneasy. I have had to rely on my husband and I typically like to be the one in control. It’s hard not understanding a word of the language!
We left our luggage at the hotel and went to the Köln Dom, a large cathedral whose spires dominate the skyline. It was magnificent. Building began in 1248 and ceased while still unfinished in 1474. The original plans were later discovered and it was completed in the 1800’s. it sustained many hits during World War II but did not collapse, perhaps because the allied troops did not want to destroy it as it served as an excellent landmark from the sky.
We went out for dinner last night. Cory had weinerschnitzel and I got a pork knuckle (appetizing, I know) with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. The knuckle was huge, the sauerkraut slimy and soft! Total disappointment as I like crispier sauerkraut. Maybe I just like the American version of it? We made 4 sandwiches from the leftover meat and still threw some away!
We also visited the German-Romansch museum. Such awesome history! It’s hard to fathom how far and wide the Roman Empire stretched!