FUN-travel: Bremen to Cologne, Germany

August 7, 2014 by  

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Day 32 – Friday, August 1 – Bremen to Cologne, Germany – full sun – high 70’s

What I LIKE

  • 7:00 – wake up – good night sleep
  • 8:00 – get up for good hot coffee
  • 9:30 – breakfast – great variety & selections – sandwich to go
  • 10:00 – ready & load car
  • 10:30 – rental car has navigation
  • – Chris figures it out
  • – Garmin works after being turned off
  • 10:55 – have 2 navigation systems & Ipod works! incredible
  • 12:00 – find 1 more cigarette lighter!
  • 12:45 – gas & toilet stop
  • 12:55 – hilarious! time spent trying to figure out gas door
  • 1:30 – traffic moves better – all about merging 4 lanes to 3 then 2
  • 3:00 – arrive Hilton Cologne – right near city center & Dom (gigantic cathedral)
  • Wifi works @ Hilton! – free in lobby
  • – & it’s Ibahn like the Marriott Berlin – go figure
  • More unbelievable weather!
  • 5:00 – walk to Dom – city center filled w/lots of outdoor cafés
  • 5:30 – happy hour – Lederer for beer (1 liter) & French fries = $12 Euro – what a deal!
  • 6:30 – walk to Rhine river for stroll along banks
  • 2 nice German ladies ask to sit at table – strike up conversation

FUN-food – Funkhaus – on plaza just up from Lederer – salmon on basil mashed potato w/tomato & zucchini – spinach, goat cheese (more like a brie), fig, bell pepper, tomato, endive – Gougenheim 2010 Malbec, Mendoza = $61 Euro

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  • 8:30 – stroll back thru Dom plaza
  • – lots of people out & about – cathedral lit up

What I DON’T LIKECologne, Germany 2014 20

  • 10:30 – GPS frozen – Satellites not found
  • 11:55 – GPS not charging
  • – cigarette lighter on dash doesn’t work
  • – need 1 for GPS & 1 for Ipod
  • 12:45 – can’t figure out how to open gas cap door
  • – can’t read manual in German
  • – ask man w/an Opel car like ours – doesn’t know either
  • – finally get another man who can read
  • – all doors have to be unlocked for it to work
  • – have to pay .70 Euro for toilet – get .50 back to spend in overpriced store
  • 1:10 – traffic comes to complete standstill
  • 2:45 – both navigation showing different exits – go figure!
  • Wifi costs $20 Euro for 24 hrs in room

FUN-fact – The only reason to stay at Hiltons is for creature comforts. You know what you’ll get. A nice big room & bed with an English speaking staff. We prefer boutique hotels but there’s a lot to be said for knowing you’ll have AC when there’s a heat wave going on.

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