I sent Seishi of to work at the station at 8 am on Tuesday, then wandered around the station and town while I waited for Chloe to arrive at 10:30.
The shopping street, early in the morning during a light drizzle.
A train passes on this bridge about every 2 minutes. This one is a fast ICE train.
They allow rock climbing on the foundation that supports the bridge.
Goodby, Cologne. I hope we can see you again some day.
These ICE trains are very similar to Japan's bullet trains. We had several opportunities to ride them.
In Liege, Belgium, we saw cake shops, but in Germany it was bread - so many kinds of bread!
On our last full day, Chloe and I went accross the Rhine river via the Hohenzollern Bridge.
On the way to visit St. Gereon Church we happened upon this holocaust memorial and tribute to Edith Stein who was a catholic nun of Jewish heritage and German birth. She died in the gas chambers in 1942.
There was a store in town that specialized in selling locks for this bridge. I wonder if they sold this chicken there too.
We were hoping for a brilliant sunset, but the best we could get was a few rays through the clouds. It rained a bit on the way home.
I saw some cargo trains too, especially ones carrying cars.
Lovers attach locks to the fence that separates the pedestrian walk from the railway tracks. Supposedly they throw the key into the river. But if they break up, they cut the lock off and throw that into the river too.
There were many interesting locks among the ordinary ones.
Sitting in the train waiting for it to depart for Frankfurt, I couldn't help but notice these artistic overhead cables.
This one is a regular passenger train. We rode one to Dusseldorf on Monday to get Seishi's reentry permit.
This one is a little blurry, but I put it up anyway.
One of the churches seen through the bridge. I think this is one we didn't visit.
You are allowed to bring your bicycle on the train. Cool!