After a period of rejuvenation, we were ready to hit the rails and the road.
No sooner did we arrive in Germany did we start thinking about where we could get a traditional German supper, complete with great steins of beer. We were somewhat surprised to receive dinky little 200 ml glasses. Although the servers were quick on the refill, we wanted comically large, frothy mugs.
Like many places in Germany, Koln was heavily bombed during the Second World War. It’s a healthy mix of historic structures and post 1950’s construction, we saw a lot of this walking around.
And we did lots of walking around, played a card game on the shores of the Rhein, and later grouped up with some people from our hostel in search of a bar somebody heard of. A bar where they have all-you-can drink beer from 9-11 PM! That got our attention so we journeyed out to find the place.
It was a fun night, meeting people from all over the world, as hostels often are an international melting pot. The bar played a mix of Western hits as well as the German chart toppers. Lindy and I were enthused to see that “Backstreet’s Back” was in the lyrical repertoire of our bar mates, so we all summoned our 1997 and sang and danced along
Koln was a nice city, and we're glad we went. We were there for three nights, and that turned out to be a good length of time.
Vianden, Luxembourg. We were both excited to be in one of the European countries and cities we knew little about. It was a beautiful little town, though oddly empty, which would be a theme for much of our time in Luxembourg. We didn’t see many people.
The town was centred around a castle, which has foundations from the Roman empire over 1,000 years ago. Since then the castle has changed hands multiple times and had many additions over the centuries, it was even partially demolished in the 1800's before they realized tourism would be a thing.
We took a fascinating walk through the castle, trying to imagine all of the people that had passed through the same walls…. Cool stuff. On our walk through we came across a room that was set up for a huge dinner party, we have no idea what it was for, but would see more of it later that evening.
Actually, we just kind of looked sullenly out the window wishing we got invited, it’s fun to dream though.
What we really did was take a night time walk around the town, which was a little scary. We had a large castle illuminated on our left, as we walked through a empty town. You could hear a pin drop it was so quiet.
The next day we went to Larochette, another small castle-based town, where we got to use our tent for the first time! See, we didn’t bring it for nothing. We went on a big hike around the local woods, saw big fields, and neighbouring towns.
By this point I’m also beginning to get the knack of driving standard and looking forward to driving through Liecthenstein and to Munich
Next entry we’ll hike the cloudy Alpine mountain of Rappenstein, drink in the experience of Oktoberfest, and begin our foray into Eastern Europe. We'll also become friends with goats.