Visiting Cologne

At the end of April, I spent just under a week visiting my old boss  in Cologne, Germany. What a wonderful city she showed me, from old familiar sights like the Cathedral to a cologne (the perfume kind) museum, art museums including the very wonderful Wallraf-Richartz Museum and Insel Hombroich, a visit to the Zeche Zollverein in Essen, parks, the river bank. Not least of the sights was the railway bridge, “decorated” with what looked from a distance like bunting but turned out to be throngs of padlocks celebrating marriages. It was a week with triple benefits: renewing friendship, sight-seeing and – “last not least”, as the Germans love to say, a chance to polish up my spoken German.

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