Köln (Day 8)

By tina - tOonZone, August 13, 2011

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Let's continue our journey to explore Germany a-lil-bit more. It's time for Köln (Cologne)! Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city (after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich), and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants.

First destination is Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). This church is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day. And it is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe.

The cathedral suffered seventy hits by aerial bombs during World War II. It did not collapse, but stood tall in an otherwise flattened city. The great twin spires are said to have been used as an easily recognizable navigational landmark by Allied aircraft raiding deeper into Germany in the later years of the war, which may be a reason that the cathedral was not destroyed.

For me this church is so awesome (and HUGE), looking at every detail of it makes me awed it more and more. Pause for a while we decided to grab something for lunch, ofcource Chinese Restaurant is the BEST!! We are very happy to see and eat rice and yummy food. Especially RICE!! Hahahaha..

After fulfilling our tummy with yummy food at Great World - China Restaurant near-by the Kölner Dom, we start to walk to the Hohenzollern bridge. As you can see, there are a LOT of padlocks variance!! Different sizes - shapes - colors.. I believe each love padlock must have different love story or promise or commitment. So we want to lock our story here as well :) *love is in the air mode*

Taking some more walk into the Kölner Dom and as usual shopping time...

Wait, I found something interesting here in Kölner Dom!! The symbol of Pope John Paul II "passed" the World Youth Day to Pope Benedict XVI.

Originally, Pope John Paul II was to attend the World Youth Day in Cologne. After he died earlier in 2005, it was instead his successor Pope Benedict XVI's first apostolic journey. Most pilgrims to the World Youth Day made their plans to come while John Paul II was still Pope, and had hoped to see him. Before Pope Benedict XVI led the central mass, he met with several politicians and others.

Continue the shopping and then we go to giant MUSIC STORE. It's a Heaven for musician, I guess. HAHAHAHAHA..

Dinner time finally!! Going back to Düsseldorf and we had a SUPER delicious pork knuckle at Brauerei Schumacher. They had the best pork knuckle in town (so far it's the BEST pork knuckle I ever tasted!). Their specialties is actually the home-brewed Beer, but unfortunately I'm not a fan of Beer.

On the way home, we went to the Hofgarten. Hofgarten is a Düsseldorf's first garden, which was established in the 16th century, is today located right in the middle of the city centre. The Hofgarten is ideal for taking a breather during expeditions in the shopping streets close by. In summer, in particular, the cooling effect of the trees, ponds and fountains is a welcome relief from the heat.

The beauty of Hofgarten at night was lighten up by light-tubes-benches which I found it's interesting. The bench was not HOT as what we thought the light tubes will be.

It's a wrap for today. Enjoy the photos.

Note: our custom t-shirt was printed at As[you]Wish Tshirt.

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