24.08.2011 - 24.08.2011 29 °C
Last day of driving in Germany (and I have to say that I’m not going to miss looking for a parking space every other minute) with me driving from Frankfurt to Cologne. The trip was thankfully only a couple of hours so by lunchtime I had arrived in downtown Cologne.
I had to return the car to the Cologne Central Station’s rental car return. I managed to nab a park near the station and walked in to find out where I needed to return my car (thinking there was an underground car park under the station I needed to find.. or something to that affect). Found out that the rental return place was through the round-a-bout and turn right. Simple right? Wrong!
About 80min later I finally found the return place.. it was through the round-a-bout and it was to the right (in this little tiny alley) not at the next main intersection as I had assumed! Finally dumped the car and made my way to my hostel (which thankfully was only a block away)
By now I was absolutely starving (having not had lunch yet) so went hunting a sandwich before heading to check out the main site in Cologne the Dom. The Cologne (I really should call it Koln as this is what German’s call it) Dom is pretty amazing. I must have wandered around inside for at least an hour just ogling the works of art, the tombs and of course the relics. The Dom is famous because it has always been a place of pilgrimage for Christians wishing to see the relics from the “Three Magi”. Supposedly, the Dom houses bones from the Three Wise Men (Three Magi) who witnessed the birth of JC. I’m not sure how likely the bones are actually from the Three Wise Men (they were brought to France after the second crusade in 1100 and something) but the box they are housed in is pretty special, and apparently it can work miracles, so………….
Decided to ditch dinner (I had only had lunch a couple of hours previous) and took myself to bed as the following day I was off to Brussels!
This is Weary signing for the Teutonic Tales.. stay tuned and follow her travels through Belgium and France in the Frankish Feast