My daughter and her husband came to pick us up after the cruise in Amsterdam, and we took an express train to Germany’s Cologne. Cologne has the iconic historical church, tall and grand and is one of the world heritage sites.
科隆的小餐廳並非以華麗取勝，而是有很多典雅的擺飾. 店內只賣啤酒和一些傳統的食物. 客人多為喝酒而來，侍者均以小杯呈上，不過會推銷無數次的續杯.
Cologne’s small pubs and restaurants are decorated with many classic and traditional decorations, but only sold beer and some traditional meals. Many come mostly for the beer, and we ordered small glasses, but had him coming back recommending more!
From Cologne, we took another train to Bonn and stayed a few days. Bonn is beautiful, with big squares and market, which are all linked by small alleyways. We visited Beethoven’s house, walked along the river Rhein and saw commercial barges from different countries as well as river cruises too. The parks are filled with beautifully blooming flowers.
My daughter took us to another town nearby to visit a castle. I couldn’t climb to the top of the tower and even going up to the main entrance was already quite difficult, however my daughter is constantly by me and explaining the sights with patience, and her husband has also been of great help on this trip.
We left Bonn and both my daughter and her husband accompanied us on the train to Frankfurt before flying back to England.
In Frankfurt we had a VIP room at the hotel, and from the window we could see the beautiful Main river. Grassy parks lined its sides and every day we could see people taking walks, exercising and cycling by the river.
It seems Europeans love sun baking because the don’t get very much of the sun, but for me, the sun and heat can cause me pain, but when the wind blows it gets really cold that I must also immediately wear a jacket. During the week in Frankfurt, sudden winds can come and go and was extremely uncomfortable for me.
The Main river is similar to the Rhein, with plenty of river cruises daily that come past. We took a sightseeing cruise and could see the old architecture along the river and very few are modern style, like they are all castles.
The Romer Square is not far from the river. It is not very big but the houses are all old, with slanted roof and square windows which was worth the visit.
There are lots of squares in Frankfurt, many close by from the hotel. Where there is a grand church is the central square, this is true, it is often so in Europe.
Just outside Frankfurt is a city called Heidelberg. We joined a tour to visit and the bus trip took an hour, and the bus had to navigate many narrow streets and we all congratulated the driver for his excellent driving. When we got to Heidelberg there were already around 20 tour buses that has parked up, and we were given some instructions as we drove along. When we arrived we walked along a long winded cobble stone street to get to the castle entrance, by this time we had lost the guide so my husband and I visited the castle by ourselves.
Most of the Heidelberg castle are in ruins, along with the statues and gates, only the exterior walls survived through the years. The whole view of the castle between the river and the hills is a beautiful sight, unfortunately we only had such limited time we couldn’t see a lot more of the city. Given the opportunity we’ll return to visit it properly.