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Cologne and the Kolner Dom – An Evening Stroll


Yes, yes, it took a while.  In my defense, blogging and globetrotting at the same time isn’t horribly easy.  That said, here are the aforementioned pictures from my evening spent strolling around Cologne.  Now, this city isn’t all that high up on your average person’s list of shit to see in Europe.  Well, at least not on the same tier as Paris or Prague or Amsterdam and the like.  But frankly, it ought to be.  And if this post doesn’t convince you, well, then, nothing will.  Have a look.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

Crossing the Rhine

Cologne And Kolner Dom

Cologne And Kolner Dom

Pretty little sunset.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

And trust me, sunsets in Germany are hard to come by. Ze Germans see the sun like once a month….

Cologne And Kolner Dom

And now things get stupid pretty.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

In the evenings the whole Dom and pretty much everything around it are lit up. It’s an amazing sight.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Kolner Dom is ridiculous. See it before you die.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

The bridge with all the locks on it that we saw in my last post.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

Cologne And Kolner Dom

Messing around. Long exposure with a train going by. Kinda like it.

Cologne And Kolner Dom

I’ll leave you with this.  I like the crowd walking by…

That’s all for this stint in Cologne, but it’s a safe bet that you’ll see more of it before my stay in Germany reaches its conclusion.  Come back soon for some pictures of Bruges, Belgium.

Don’t be a stranger.

-B. Littleton

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Cologne and the Kolner Dom


In my last post, I mentioned that my bad-ass mother came out to Germany to visit me.  Along with our little trip to Bruges, we took the obligatory trip 45 mintues down the road to Cologne, the 4th most populous city in Germany.  My mom wanted to have a look around, and see the ridiculously impressive cathedral in town, the Kolner Dom.  I was more than happy to oblige, as long as she would  tolerate standing around a bit so I could take some obligatory pictures.

My homie Diana, the owner and proprietor of the Best Bistro in Bergheim, offered to be our little tour guide for the day, so we headed out to meet her for a beer and a stroll about the city.  So, without further ado, here’s yet another bunch of pictures from the 2,000-year-old city.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

The first thing we saw when we parked in Cologne. Actually kind of crazy. This building was, I think, the old city hall. Major renovations.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

The Cologne Opera House and the Kolner Dom

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

The bridge over the Rhine that leads to the Dom. Completely covered in the engraved locks of lovers. Apparently carving your initials into a picnic table just isn’t good enough for Ze Germans.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

I told you the bridge led right to the Dom

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

Ok, One more.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

And the Dom itself. Like the 4th time I’ve published it’s picture, but oh well….

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

The Dom

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

Thing really is unbelievable. I can’t overstate it.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

Ok, with some people in the foreground, you can actually see how big the damn thing is.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

I hope that’s not the Hindenberg.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

Some other random cathedral… Or something.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

So these little dates on buildings around here usually indicate when they were built, which makes me wonder if the good ol’ allies didn’t bomb the shit out of this guy on a couple of different occasions.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

Ze Germans just love their statues of dudes on horses.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

Hehehe.  Apparently someone is hung like a light switch.

Cologne and the Kolner Dom

Last one for today. Not to be a tease, but I hung out for another couple of hours and took pictures of the sunset and evening skyline. And I promise, they’re worth seeing.

Come back for next post.  For reals, there are some ridiculous pictures coming.  This place goes from stupid pretty to downright off the charts when the sun goes down…

Don’t be a stranger.

-B. Littleton

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In Bruges


So a couple of weeks ago my bad-ass of a mother flew from Denver to Frankfurt to come see me in Germany.  Further, knowing I could use a little break from Bergheim, she was even more of a bad-ass and looked into some cool shit we could do that wasn’t too far from the boring, sleepy little German town that I now call home.

I’ll admit, partially because I really enjoyed the movie that shares a title with this here post, we settled on Bruges, not quite a 3-hour drive away.  She found us a nice little apartment in the heart of the old town, and spent a couple of days strolling around the little Belgian city eating their waffles and drinking their beers and shit.

As said movie aptly describes it, Bruges is right out of a fairy tale.  It’s an incredibly scenic, romantic and beautiful little place.  After hours and hours of exploring and about 1800 pictures later, I was kind enough to make you this little video.  So, you can spend the next 5 minutes seeing just about all there is to see from this little town, and hear a pretty solid Cake song while you’re at it.  And you won’t even have to deal with any jet-lag.   Seems like a solid deal to me…

That’s all for now.  More from Bruges to follow, not mention some damn pretty pictures of Cologne, to toot my own horn just a bit.

Don’t be a stranger.

-B. Littleton

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