Our Walk To The Chocolate Factory Part Two
Everywhere you go in Germany it is apparent that they are very fond of glass. From buildings to staircases to the hallway that you come out in the airport everything is glass. I don’t think that is bad but sometimes the glass is overlooking the outside and that outside is really high off the ground. My guess is that no one here in Germany is afraid of heights or if they are they don’t live in any of the modern looking buildings that are all around the city.
Koeln is an interesting city in that there are remains of the old Roman city everywhere but they live right along side of modern buildings that have been being built since the end of WWII.
We came across an archeological dig in our explorations of the city of Koeln. It was pretty interesting to see up close several people gently dusting of parts of the old Roman city that lay underneath our feet and we didn’t even know it was there. They had certain parts of the uncovered treasure labeled as ‘Jewish Synagogue’ and ‘Baths’.
After that we moved on to find other treasures. When we came across two bronze statues in a out of the way alley and Matt’s patient, Monica, explained to us that they are fictional characters that are part of the Koeln sense of humor and that there are jokes told in the pubs there that have contain these guys as the main characters. One is tall and skinny and is cross eyed, the other is short and cubby and clown like in appearance. They looked like a take on Laurel and Hardy to me.
I don’t remember what the name of these characters were but I’ll do my best to fill that information in at a later time for you all.
Next we came upon a bust of Josef Cardinal Frings who was the Cardinal during the years of 1942 to 1968. Monica explained to us that this Cardinal was very well loved during the post war years because the people of Germany were starving and many of them would steal food so that their families would survive. Cardinal Frings pardoned those people who stole food in order to save their families by telling them that it wasn’t a sin to do that sort of thing during tough times like those that Germany was going through post-WWII.
The next statue we came upon was a depiction of a woman looking down a staircase and on the staircase were these little people. Monica told us that the story of that statue was that there was once a Taylor in Koeln that was so popular that he had so much work he couldn’t keep up and he was wondering how he was going to do all that work.
Then these little elf like creatures began showing up at night to help him and every night he was able to get all his work done. His wife began to get suspicious of how the man was getting all this work done every night by himself. So she put peas on the stairs so that she would be able to catch who ever it was that was helping him with the work and one night she caught these little creatures on the stairs with the peas. From that night on the little people didn’t come back to help the Taylor.
I guess if the wife would have minded her peas and Q’s her husband wouldn’t have had to work so hard…but nooooooooo!!!! J
After a lot of sightseeing we all were hot and tired so it was a great excuse to find a nice outdoor café to enjoy a nice refreshing cold drink. It is here that I discovered the German Iced Coffee. It is a Coffee topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whip cream on top. It was so decadent and refreshing at the same time. The perfect antidote for sweaty, hot, pedestrian tourists in need of energy and something cool to drink.
Where we live in Rodenkirchen we are just a few blocks from the Rhine and because of that we can walk from our apartment and follow the Rhine right in to the center of Koeln. It’s a really pretty walk and very peaceful too. Along our walk we can stop and watch the boats going up and down. Some are carrying coal and other products for delivery to some mystery town up or down stream and some have tourists enjoying a cruise on the river and taking in the sights.
Well, until my next report we send our love to you all and thought you might want to view a video that I threw together with some more sights of Koeln. The music is by Beethoven which probably would be better suited to a video of Bonn but it was a quickly assembled video and that’s the music I grabbed. The next video will be better. Enjoy!!