Saturday, July 25, 2009

mmmm, what is that smell??

It must be Cologne! Cologne, Germany, that is. ;)

Yesterday I took Leah, Charlotte, and Toby to Cologne. This was a big undertaking since it's a 2 hour drive each way and I've never been there before. We packed a lunch (which we ended up eating in the car because of rain) and headed out. All things considered, it was a really nice day.

The cathedral there (the K├Âlner Dom) is massive and amazing. I really wish we could have walked around inside more, but mass had just started.

Can you see that little white dot at the front/right of the cathedral???
That's the priest leading mass.

Cologne is also scattered with random Roman ruins.
Very fun for climbing on and taking photos. :)

And of course there was much shopping to be done.

The one other place that we wanted to see there was the Schokoladenmuseum.
Check out those Lindt bunnies!!

We learned all about where chocolate comes from and how it is made-- or at least as much as can be learned while running past the exhibits following a 2 year old. This lady is making Lindt balls. My favorite.

At the end of the tour is a chocolate fountain running with fresh chocolate. You are not allowed to touch it... but the "cooks" dip wafer cookies in it and pass them out. Charlotte had two. Oh, and then there was the chocolate gift shop-- of course!

By the time we got home, we were all exhausted and hungry for something other than chocolate. It was a nice day trip though, and I definitely want to check out that cathedral some more.


Becca Anderson said...

When Tom and I went to Austria we came home with a year's supply of chocolate. Something to think about when you guys are ready to move back!

Harmony said...

Wow, that was very brave of you to take everyone on your own!

Suz said...

Wow Jules! Your trip looks SO fun! I am jealous!